Beyond COVID-19: Five commentaries on expert knowledge, executive action, and accountability in governance and public administration

Arjen Boin, Kathy Brock, Jonathan Craft, John Halligan, Paul 't Hart, Jeffrey Roy, Geneviève Tellier, Lori Turnbull

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Abstract

Several Canadian and international scholars offer commentaries on the implications of the COVID‐19 pandemic for governments and public service institutions, and fruitful directions for public administration research and practice. This first suite of commentaries focuses on the executive branch, variously considering: the challenge for governments to balance demands for accountability and learning while rethinking policy mixes as social solidarity and expert knowledge increasingly get challenged; how the policy‐advisory systems of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom were structured and performed in response to the COVID‐19 crisis; whether there are better ways to suspend the accountability repertoires of Parliamentary systems than the multiparty agreement struck by the minority Liberal government with several opposition parties; comparing the Canadian government’s response to the COVID‐19 pandemic and the Global Financial Crisis and how each has brought the challenge of inequality to the fore; and whether the COVID‐19 pandemic has accelerated or disrupted digital government initiatives, reinforced traditional public administration values or more open government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-368
Number of pages30
JournalCanadian Public Administration
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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