Hershell Ezrin, “Scandals at Arm’s Length: Can Government Ever Plead Ignorance?”

Hershell Ezrin,
Distinguished Visiting Professor,
Ted Rogers School of Management
March 3, 2014

Governments today routinely create agencies, boards and commissions that operate at arm’s length in order to carry out various policy objectives. Does independent third party oversight absolve the government who created them from mis-steps? Can we separate the actions of government appointees and the accountability of the governments they serve? Why should government continue to use agencies, boards and commissions if the same governments are routinely held responsible for their failures?

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