Northern Governance


A Case Study in Northern Governance

Local Decision Making in the Northern Ontario Health Care System

February 21, 2019 | Eric Everett

This paper presents a short research project on governance in Northern Ontario, specifically through the lens of the health care system. Relationships between Ontario’s two Northern Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and hospitals are assessed to determine whether these governance bodies and the provincial government, are meeting their original mandate to enable local decision-making. Additionally, the study is framed through three governance theories – provincial Norths, very complex policy problems, and health care regionalization – in order to analyze the organizational nature of the system.


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