An Analysis of Changes in Stakeholder Accountability Among Canadian WCBs: 1998-2008

Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 221-240

20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2010

Date Written: August 3, 2010

Abstract

Many essential public services in Canada have been delegated to agencies. The semi-autonomous nature of these agencies leads to difficulties in holding them sufficiently accountable, since they often operate in an arm’s length manner from government. Of the many public sector agencies in Canada, workers’ compensation boards (WCBs) are arguably the most autonomous in comparison to other government agencies such as health care and social services. In their paper, derived from an earlier background paper written in 1998, Jennissen, Prince and Schwartz (2000) called for increased WCB accountability to elected officials. The aim of this paper is firstly to conduct a documentary review to determine the extent to which Jennissen et al’s (2000) recommendations have been adopted on a national level and secondly, through a case study, to examine the implications of these changes on the Newfoundland Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, where many of the recommendations have been implemented.

Suggested Citation

Rixon, Daphne, An Analysis of Changes in Stakeholder Accountability Among Canadian WCBs: 1998-2008 (August 3, 2010). Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 221-240, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1652912

Daphne Rixon (Contact Author)

Saint Mary's University ( email )

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923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Canada

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