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S.E. Bennett

Public opinion and survey research; Quantitative research methods; Design of public policy and institutions; Science and technology

Degrees:BA (Chicago) MA, PhD (York)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2791
Office:C672 Loeb Building

Associate Professor

Scott Bennett received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and completed his master’s and doctoral programs at York University. He has served as a policy consultant at the provincial and federal levels of Canadian government, and was involved in designing one of the largest true social policy experiments in history, the Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment. He has also worked with or trained senior staff for most of the major survey research and public affairs consulting firms in Canada. He has served on expert panels to design standards for surveys undertaken on behalf of the Canadian federal government. Recently, he has also assisted the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer with analysis of major federal policy such as the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Truth in Sentencing Act.

His general interests are in public affairs and public policy, including public opinion and survey research, quantitative research methods, design of public policy and institutions. More recently, he has also pursued research on the governance of human communities in the context of scientific, social and technological change.

Current academic research projects include study of the use of information (including public opinion) in governance and the experimental study of changes in responses to policy and public opinion changes in response to information. He has already published in all of these areas. He also continues to develop related material on the in the long term relations of institutions, technology and physical constraints of communities.

Apart from his academic interests, Bennett is well known in the public affairs, public opinion and market research consulting communities.

Selected Publications

Applying Public Opinion in Governance: The Uses and Future of Public Opinion in Managing Government, Palgrave Macmillan (Part of Palgrave Studies in Political Marketing and Management), 2017

“Canadian Public Service Employee Satisfaction and Its Main Drivers,” Canadian Public Administration, 55 (Spring), 2012, pp. 5-23 (with Alexandra Hickey).

“Internet Pharmacy Trade and Regulatory Change,” in Bruce Doern, ed., Innovation, Science And Environment: Policies And Performance (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007)

“Canadian Perceptions of Inequality in the Context of Policy Discourse,” The American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer 2004. pp. 259 to 282.

“American and Canadian Assessments of NAFTA: Opinion on Continental Policy and its Drivers,” American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 47 No. 10, June 2004, pp. 1285 to 1318

Public Affairs Research Methods: A Quantitative Introduction (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996)

“Policy Process Perceptions of Senior Canadian Federal Civil Servants: A View of the State and its Environment,” Canadian Public Administration, 35 (Fall), 1992, pp. 299-316 (with Margaret McPhail).