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 2018

POLI352A Comparative Politics of Public Policy - COMP POLI & PP Sections

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

Winter 2018

POLI405A Topics in Canadian Politics - TPC CANADA POLI Sections

This seminar examines in depth some of the important issues in Canadian politics.

Winter 2018

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


“Auditing the Auditors: The Canadian Democratic Audit”, Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 50, #4, Winter 2007, pp. 635-653.

“Pushing Federalism to the Limit: Post Secondary Education Policy and Canadian Federalism” in G.B. Doern and Christopher Stoney(eds.), Universities and the Powering of Knowledge, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in press)

“How Ottawa Does Business: Ethics as a Government Program” in G. Bruce Doern (ed.), How Ottawa Spends, 2006-2007, (Montreal and Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006), pp. 116-137, coauthored with John W. Langford.

“Towards an Uncertain Future: Alberta in the Canadian Community” in John M. Law and Richard Connors (eds.), Forging Alberta’s Constitutional Experience, (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2005,), pp. 479-496.

No Place to Learn: Why Universities Aren’t Working. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press 2002. Co-authored with T.C. Pocklington).

“The Contested Terrain of Canadian Public Management in Canada’s Third Century”, Journal of Canadian Studies, volume 35, #4, Winter 2001, pp. 142-161.