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Leslie A. Pal

Public policy analysis; public management reform; international organization

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2554
Office:5132 Richcraft Hall

Chancellor’s Professor

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 public policy networks around public sector reform, focusing specifically on the role of international organizations.

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 is exploring the nature of policy advice to governments, and how that advice cycles through global networks. The best example is climate change policy – the advice that the Canadian government gets on this issue is filtered through international organizations like the UN and the OECD, and a host of global knowledge networks. I’m trying to understand the patterns and dynamics behind these global policy advisory networks, and how governments can improve the way in which they access and process this advice.

Selected Publications

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).

“Teaching public policy: Global convergence of difference?” (with I.D. Clark) Policy and Society, 35 (2016): 283-297.

“The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.”  (with I.D. Clark) Policy and Society, 35 (2016): 299-313.

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

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)

Johanu Botha, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Ongoing)

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

Madina Junussova, Supervision of Ph.D. Dissertation (Ongoing)

Ismoil Khujamkulov, 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

Elected Member, College of the International Public Policy Association, 2017-2020

Member (currently, and first chair), Accreditation Board, Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration