This paper demonstrates how the choice of instrument facilitates acceptance of a new
accountability requirement in the Ontario university sector as it helps balance the
government’s need for control with the universities’ need for independence. The
instrument, conceptualized as an agreement, embodies the negotiated character of the
relationship between government and universities, and conveys the idea to different actors
that their needs are met.
ACCOUNTABILITY AGREEMENTS FOR ONTARIO UNIVERSITIES: THE BALANCING CHARACTER OF A POLICY INSTRUMENT