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    Sustaining a Relationship : Insights from Canada on Linking the Government and Third Sector (Working Paper 1)
    (2000-06) Brock, Kathy L.
    The embedding of third sector organisations in the policy world is fraught with tensions. Accountability and autonomy become oppositional forces causing an uneasy relationship. Government agencies are concerned that their equity and efficiency goals and objectives be met when they enter partnerships with the third sector for the delivery of programs and services. Third sector agencies question the impact of accountability mechanisms on their independence and identities. Even if the relationship between government and third sector agencies seems to be based on cooperation, concerns about cooptation (for nonprofits) and capturing (for governments) may linger calling the legitimacy of the partnership into question. Two means of improving the relationship between the governing and third sectors have been proposed recently in Canada by the Panel on Accountability and Governance in the Voluntary Sector (PAGVS) and the Joint Tables sponsored by the Voluntary Sector Task Force (VSTF). The two endeavours represent a historic undertaking in Canada aimed at improving and facilitating the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit sector. The reports borrow on other country models but offer new insights into mediating the relationship, including new models for a regulatory body and a charity compact for Canada. Do these recommendations adequately address concerns of autonomy, accountability and cooptation or capturing? The Canadian reports do offer new insights into resolving the four tensions inherent in partnerships between the governing and third sector but also raise important questions about the nature of these relationships and the evolution of democracy within the Canadian political system.
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    What Kind of a Financial System do Canadians Want? Implications of Globalization and Current Canadian Policies for the Future of the Canadian Financial System (Working Paper 2)
    (2000-07) Neufeld, Edward P.
    This paper examines the longer term outlook for the Canadian financial services industry and its governance. Attention is paid to what would happen to the Canadian financial system and its governance, federal and provincial, if current trends in the international and Canadian financial services environment and in Canadian regulatory policies continued into the future.
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    The Social Union Framework Agreement : Lost Opportunity or New Beginning? (Working Paper 3)
    (2000-08) Lazar, Harvey
    The Social Union Framework Agreement of 1999 has the potential to be the most far-reaching reform in the workings of the federation since the changes associated with the Constitution Act, 1982. Whether it will in practice have the effect is still un known. Successful implementation will require a sustained and intensive effort on the part of signatory governments to learn new behaviours. They will have to learn to work with additional constraints on their room for maneuver.1 And while it might be presumed that governments had made that decision when they signed the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA), it is not yet clear that they are in fact conducting them selves in ways that reflect those commitments