Canadian Public Administration

Canadian Public Administration (Administration publique du Canada) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Toronto, ON. Founded in1949, the journal contains articles regarding state, municipal, and county administration. Its audience is comprised of university teachers and public servants in federal, provincial, and municipal government.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer

An Auditor's Best Friend? Standing Committees on Public Accounts
This article examines public accounts committees (PACs) in Canadian legislatures and their relationship with legislative auditors. It looks at PACs in their context as instruments of the legislature and how this political and legislative context affects...
Editor's Note / Note Du Redacteur
As editor of Canadian Public Administration, I am pleased to feature a special issue on the role and influence of auditors general in Canadian government. The issue is timely. It also reflects the work of an IPAC research team over several years. ...
How Does an Auditor General's Office See Itself?
One day at a function, a person who knew little, but had wondered, about auditors general was introduced to a member of an auditor general's office. When he asked, "What is the basic purpose of your office's work?" the auditor responded gravely, "The...
Le Verificateur General Du Quebec et la Verification D'optimisation Des Ressources: Evolution et Perspectives
Au cours des dix-sept dernieres annees, le Verificateur general du Quebec (VGQ) a redige plus de 300 rapports de verification d'optimisation des ressources (VOR). Par ses recommandations, il en est venu a exercer une influence croissante sur l'administration...
Managerialist Advocate or "Control Freak"? the Janus-Faced Office of the Auditor General
In Canada, the arguments and evidence drawn from the work of Sharon Sutherland and Alasdair Roberts on the federal Office of the Auditor General (OAG) point in two very different directions. (1) On the one hand, Sutherland claims that the new value-for-money...
Measuring the Impact of Value-for-Money Audits: A Model for Surveying Audited Managers
As guardians of the public purse--especially since the implementation of value-for-money audit (VFMA) in the 1970s--auditors general have consistently exposed cases of waste and inefficiency. Auditors' statements about the management of the public...
The Quest for Accountability in Newfoundland and Labrador
The legislative audit and its defenders have known many bitter moments in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the battle is not yet won. Entering the twenty-first century, the province was the only one in the country with no accountability and reporting...