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Leslie A. Pal

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus

Founding Dean, College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.

BA, Joint Honours in Political Science and Sociology (Mount Allison University, Canada)
MA in Political Science (Queen’s University, Canada)
PhD in Political Science (Queen’s University, Canada)

Leslie’s research uniquely engages public administration and public policy from both a rich theoretical as well as practical perspective. Currently he is working on global policy advisory systems and networks, and how they inform both global policy-making as well as domestic government policies.

The focus of my work has always been on public policy, but it is no longer possible to think of domestic policy arenas as distinct from international ones. Policy issues now get processed and implemented in complex ways that certainly continue to engage governments and states, but now include international organizations, transnational NGOs and civil society, think tanks, foundation, consultants, and even academic communities. How these networks operate (or don’t), and how they contribute to global governance (or don’t) is a central issue in trying to understand contemporary governance. My current research explores the nature of policy advice to governments, and how that advice cycles through global networks. Since the 2008 financial crisis, for example, the G20 has emerged as a global steering mechanism for economic, social, and other policies, and increasingly relies on global networks of think tanks and other advisors to clarify problems, issues, and coordinated responses. These processes of policy advice are part of a lager phenomenon of policy transfer, of how models of policy and governance travel across jurisdictions at the global level, and become benchmarks for policy-making at the domestic level.

Selected Publications

Global Governance and Muslim Organizations. (co-edited with M. E. Tok) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). 

Public Policy Transfer: Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects. (co-edited with M. Hadjiisky and C. Walker) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2017).

Policy-Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar. (co-edited with M.E. Tok and L. Alkhater) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

“Introduction: JCPA 20th anniversary issue” (with Iris Geva-May), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 20(1), 7-17. doi:10.1080/13876988.2017.1414474

“Novas fronteiras e direções na pesquisa sobre transferência, difusão e circulação de políticas públicas: agentes, espaços, resistência e traduções [New frontiers and directions in policy transfer, diffusion and circulation research: agents, spaces, resistance, and translations].” (with O. Porto de Oliveira) Revista de Administração Pública, 52(2), (2018) 199-220.

Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times (5th ed.). (Toronto: Nelson Education, 2014).

Frontiers of Governance: The OECD and Global Public Management Reform. (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Funded Research

“Global Policy Advisory Systems: Patterns, Trajectories, and Impacts.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant, $184,000. 2017-2021

“Public Sector Reform and Best Practices: A Comparative Analysis.” (with Ian D. Clark, University of Toronto). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant, $176,000. 2012-2016

“Modernizing Government: Global Policy Networks.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant, $88, 615. 2007-2011

Recent Teaching

Policy Analysis: The Practical Art of Change (MA)

Modern Challenges to Governance (MA)

Globalizing Public Management (MA)

Foundations of Public Policy (PhD)

Recent Supervisions

Ismoil Khujamkulov, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2018)

Johanu Botha, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2018)

Madina Junussova, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2017)

Alexandre Couture-Gagnon, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2013)

Christian Bordeleau, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2013)

Farzan Jiwani, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Completed, 2013)

Kassem El-Saddik, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Ongoing)

Recent Editorships and Academic Offices

Executive Editor, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 2016 – present

Member, Editorial Board, Policy & Society, 2015 – present

Member, Editorial Advisory College, International Review of Public Policy, 2018 – present

Member of Executive Committee, International Public Policy Association