Allan Tupper is Professor, and former Head of Department. He was educated at Carleton University (BA, DPA and MA) and Queen’s University (PhD). His major teaching and research interests are Canadian Politics and Government, Comparative Public Management and Public Policy . He has published widely on these subjects. His current research interests are the politics of higher education, government ethics and the political economy of major world seaports.

Prior to joining the Department he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Professor Tupper has engaged in extensive public service. He chaired a review of Alberta’s Conflict of Interests Act that led to major reform. He also participated in a recent review of governance for the City of Vancouver and a further commission in Alberta that analyzed Alberta’s ‘agencies, boards and commissions’.

Professor Tupper  was also Editor of Canadian Public Administration for two terms between 1997 and 2003 and President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Policy and Public Administration.


Winter 2020

POLI352 Comparative Politics of Public Policy Sections

Policy making across industrialized democracies, with a focus on North America and Europe.

Winter 2020

POLI428A Comparative Public Management - COMP PUBL MGMT Sections

Major changes in the structures and processes of government in advanced democracies, including the welfare state, citizenship, ethics, accountability, and institutional reform.

Winter 2020

POLI504A Topics in Canadian Politics - TOPS CDN POLITCS Sections


Selected Recent Graduate Supervision

Suzanne de Luca, “The Politics of NGOs in Immigrant Service Delivery: The Case of Vancouver”

Kyle Folk Varcoe,

Matthew Lesch, “The Politics of Loss Imposition: Health Care Restructuring in Alberta and Ontario”

 Gayle Stewart, “Repositioning BC Ferries: From Crown Corporation to Administrative Hybrid”

 John Voortman, “Adaptation and Survival in Government Agencies: The Case of Western Economic Diversification Canada”

 Shannon Wells, “Deputy Ministers and Politicization in the Government of Canada: The 2006-7 Conservative Transition”


Pierre de Celles Award for Excellence in Public Management Teaching

Lt. Governor’s Award (Alberta) for Contributions to Public Service

Selected Recent Publications


“The Governance of Post-secondary education in British Columbia and Ontario: Path Dependency and Provincial Policy,” Canadian Public Administration, Volume 60, #3, Fall 2017, pp. 349-368 co-authored with Robert Harmsen.

“Higher Education: Leadership. Structure and Power”, Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 56, #2, June 2013, pp. 350-360.


“A Federal Role in Canadian Higher Education”, in A. Maslove and C. Graham, (eds.), How Ottawa Spends 2017-18, (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming), co authored with Robert Harmsen.

“The Governance of Independent Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Corporations” in Christopher Dunn (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Public Administration, third edition, (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Alberta Deputy Ministers: The Management of Change” in J. Bourgault and C. Dunn (eds.), Provincial Deputy Ministers, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), pp. 262-283.

“The Ethics of Public Service and the Challenges of Public Service Ethics” in Herman Bakvis and Mark D. Jarvis (eds.), From New Public Management to New Political Governance, (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012), pp. 46-70, co-authored with Lori Turnbull.

“Pushing Federalism to the Limit: Post Secondary Education Policy in the Millennium” in G.B. Doern and Christopher Stoney (eds.), Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government- University Relations, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), pp. 35-59.