The Permanence of Temporary Services: The Reliance of Canadian Federal Departments on Policy & Management Consultants
33 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013 Last revised: 15 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 6, 2013
The use of external consultants in government in the management and policy realms has drawn increasing attention in many countries in recent years, including Canada. Studies were undertaken internationally in the 1990s and 2000s as legislatures and their accounting arms became concerned with the ‘hidden’ costs of the ‘corporatization’ of the public service and tried to expand benchmarking measures for government efficiency to include external consultants. Accounting for these increases in expenditure on consultancy however, continues to face several critical challenges given the current state of governmental financial and personnel reporting. In all cases the data on which existing reports have heretofore been drawn is very weak. We examine results from a new dataset compiled from Proactive Disclosure data in order to help clarify the situation of management consulting in Canada at the Departmental level.
Keywords: policy consultants, policy analysis, policy capacity, contracting
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