Institute on Governance

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Institute on Governance
founded in the year 1990
acronym IOG
City Ottawa
Country Canada
address 60 George Street Ottawa, Ontario; 150 Bloor St West, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario, Canada K1N 1J4
founder Timothy Plumptre
number of employees 22
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). behavioural economics in public governance
Last revision 29.05.2017

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Organizational Structure and Funding


60 George Street Ottawa, Ontario; 150 Bloor St West, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario, Canada K1N 1J4


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Working mode, goals

The institute focusses on advice, training and networking for public agencies and institutions in reform-related transitions. It identifies and gathers concepts and ideas for innovating public management and governance. One of the working fields is the application and dissemination of results from behavioural economics research to the praxes of public management.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Innovation in Public Management
  • State Reform

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

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  • nudge: Innovation and ‘Nudge’ Economics – New Policy Frontiers, course in the second half of 2017 for policy managers and advisors[1]