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Amanda Clarke

Public Administration, Digital Government, Data Governance, Civic Technology

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2535
Office:5123 Richcraft Hall

Associate Professor

Teaching Concentrations: Public Management, Digital Government, Data Science
Courses Taught:
Public Management: Principles and Approaches, and Digital Government: Modernising policy, services, and administration for the digital age


Professor Amanda Clarke’s research examines public administration reform, public service delivery and the relationship between state and non-state actors, focusing in particular on the impact of digital technologies in these domains. Her latest projects focus on digital era public service reforms; the relationship between public data governance and citizen trust in the state; and the influence of technology firms on governments. She is published in Governance, the International Public Management Journal and Policy and Internet and is co-editor of Issues in Canadian Governance (Emond, 2018). Her latest book is Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age (University of British Columbia Press, 2019). In 2017, Professor Clarke was appointed to the post of Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair, and in 2019 she was named a Digital Government Research Fellow of the Canada School of Public Service. You can follow her work at and on Twitter @ae_clarke.


Clarke, Amanda. (2020). “Digital government units: what are they, and what do they mean for digital era public management renewal?” International Public Management Journal. 23(3): 358-379.

Clarke, Amanda & Elizabeth Dubois. (2020). “Digital era open government and democratic governance: The case of Government of Canada Wikipedia editing.Canadian Public Administration.

Clarke, Amanda. (2019). “Data Governance: The Next Frontier of Digital Government Research and Practice” in Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda for Digital Citizenship. Elizabeth Dubois and Florian Martin-Bariteau, eds. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, pp. 97-117.

Clarke, Amanda. (2019). “The Civil Service” in Canadian Politics, 7th ed., James Bickert & Alain G. Gagnon, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Accepted for publication October 2018. 28 pages.

Clarke, Amanda. (2019). Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age. Vancouver: UBC Press.
***Included in The Hill Times’ Top 100 Best Non-Fiction Canadian Books in 2019

Clarke, Amanda & Benjamin Piper. 2018. “A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants.” Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, 21(1): 1-50.

Clarke, Amanda & Jonathan Craft. 2018. “The Twin Faces of Public Sector Design”. Governance. 32(1): 5-21.

Craft, Jonathan & Amanda Clarke (Eds). (2018). Issues in Canadian Governance. Toronto: Emond Montgomery.

Clarke, Amanda, Evert Lindquist & Jeffrey Roy. (2017). “Understanding Governance in a Digital Era: An Agenda for Public Administration Research in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration, 60(4): 457-475.

Clarke, Amanda & Jonathan Craft. (2017). “The Vestiges and Vanguards of Policy Design in a Digital Context“. Canadian Public Administration, 60(4): 476-497.

Clarke, Amanda & Francoli, Mary. (2017). “Digital Government and Permanent Campaigning” in Permanent Campaigning in Canada. Eds. Alex Marland, Anna Esselment & Thierry Giasson, pp. 241-258.

Clarke, Amanda & Margetts, Helen. (2014). “Governments and Citizens Getting to Know Each Other? Open, Closed and Big Data in Public Management Reform”. Policy & Internet, 16(4), 393-417.

Clarke. Amanda. (2014). “Business as Usual? An Evaluation of British and Canadian Digital Diplomacy as Institutional Adaptation” in Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Corneliu Bjola & Marcus Holmes, eds. London: Routledge.

Clarke, A., & Francoli, M. (2014). “What’s in a name? A comparison of ‘open government’ definitions across seven Open Government Partnership members”. eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 6(3). Available at

Clarke, Amanda. 2014. “One of These Things is Not Like the Other: Bottom-up Reform, Open Information, Collaboration and…the Harper Government.” in How Ottawa Spends, 2014-2015. G. Bruce Doern & Christopher Stoney, eds. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Reports and Other Publications 

Clarke, Amanda. (2021). “One year into pandemic, federal digital government is largely business as usual”. Policy Options, 8 March.

Clarke, Amanda. (2019). “Transforming (Digital) Government in Ontario.” Three part blog series.

Clarke, Amanda. (2019). “Digital Government Doesn’t Equal Democratic Government.” Policy Options. 30 January.

Clarke, Amanda & Jonathan Craft. (2019). “Insights for Canada’s New Digital Government Minister.” Policy Options. 8 February.

Clarke, Amanda. (2017). “Why We Need Code for Canada.” The Hill Times. 10 April.

Clarke, Amanda. (2016) “Outrage over government Wikipedia edits sends wrong message”. Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Clarke, Amanda. (2016). “The Innovation Challenge: Modernizing the Public Service”. Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Clarke, Amanda. (2015). “We’ve Got Some Catching Up to Do: The Public Service and the 2015 Federal Election” in Canadian Election Analysis: Communication, Strategy, and Democracy. Eds. Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson. UBC Press and Samara Canada. Available at

Clarke, Amanda & Dubois, Elizabeth. (2015). “Forced to tweet in both languages ministers lose their impact.” The Globe and Mail. 19 February.

Clarke, Amanda. 2013. “Exploiting the Web as a Tool of Democracy: New Ways Forward in the Study and Practice of Digital Democracy“. Report prepared for the Council of Europe for the World Forum for Democracy. Strasbourg, France. 

Clarke, Amanda. 21 February 2013. Want to redesign Parliament? Don’t forget about the website, pleaseSamara Canada.

Clarke, Amanda. 21 November 2011. In need of a nudge: A low-cost, do-it-yourself way to get voters to the polls. iPolitics.

Clarke, Amanda. 10 May 2011. Democratic Renewal Delayed. The Mark.

Clarke, Amanda. 2011. Even on line the young log off. IPU Review (British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union), Issue 33, pp. 21-22

Clarke, Amanda. 2010. A Dialogue on Youth and DemocracyCanadian Parliamentary Review, pp. 25-28.

Clarke, Amanda. 2010. Social Media: Political Uses and Implications for Representative DemocracyLibrary of Parliament. 

Media Coverage 

Federal government went on ‘draconian witch hunts’ after news stories on Wikipedia edits by bureaucrats.” 3 June 2020. The National Post.

The Twin Faces of Public Sector Design.” 22 July 2019. The Mandarin.

Interview on the Code for Canada fellowship and government tech talent needs. 24 July 2019. All in a Day, CBC Radio.

Interview on government use of social media influencers. 15 June 2019. The House, CBC Radio.

Crafting a Digital Democracy.” 27 February 2019. Policy Options.

Interview on the Canadian Digital Service. 14 December 2017. The Current, CBC Radio.

Internet renforce le pouvoir de la société civile.” 26 November 2013. Anne-Sophie Novel, Le Monde. 

Is democracy at risk?” 16 November 2013. The Globe and Mail.

“Pull: Amanda Clarke on Government and Big Data”. 7 August 2013. TVO.

How many groups does it take to craft a tweet in this government body? Eight.” 6 February 2013. Chris Hannay, The Globe and Mail.

Political Institutions Adrift?“11 April 2011. The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO.