Professor Emeritus

Colin Campbell (Ph.D. Duke) joined the faculty as professor and the Canada Research Chair in U.S. Government and Politics in July 2002. He was also chair of the U.S. Studies Program of the Faculty of Arts 2008.  He retired in 2010. Before coming to UBC, Campbell was at York University (1975-83) and Georgetown University (1983-2002). At Georgetown, he founded and directed the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Campbell has authored or co-authored nine books that, with the exception of two, focus on executive-bureaucratic politics. Four of these works have drawn five awards including Managing the Presidency that won the 1987 APSA Neustadt Prize for the best book on the U.S. Presidency and Preparing for the Future that won 2004 NAPA Brownlow Award for the outstanding book in the fields of public policy and administration. He has edited twelve collections, including six books in a series of mid-term assessments of presidents. Campbell also has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as twice serving as editor of the journal Governance that he founded in 1988 with B. Guy Peters. Campbell’s interests have turned now to study of military transformation with an emphasis on the Pentagon.  In 2012, he ranked 3rd in influence among Canadian political scientists according to the Higher Education Strategy Associates’ Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research.

Campbell was elected a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration in 1999. During 2004, he served on a NAPA panel examining the technology transfer function of NASA. During 2006 and 2007, he was a member of a NAPA sub-panel on strategy and budgeting in the FBI. Campbell was a founding co-chairman of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Structure and Organization of Governance. In 2008, he was the inaugural recipient of the committee’s Ulrich Kloeti Award for distinguished contributions to the study of comparative policy, administration and institutions.

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Recent Publications (Selective)

“Juggling Inputs, Outputs and Outcome in the Search for Policy Competence: Recent Experience in Australia,” Governance, 14 (2001), 251-282.

(with Michael Barzelay) Preparing for the Future: Strategic Planning in the U.S. Air Force (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003), pp. xii+274.

(editor with Bert A. Rockman) The George W. Bush Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2004), pp. xiv+361.

(editor) Comparative Trends in Public Management: Smart Practices Toward Blending Policy and Administration (Ottawa: Canada School of Public Service, 2006), pp. 119.

(editor) Spontaneous Adaptation in Public Management, a special issue of Governance, 20 (2007).

(editor with Bert A. Rockman and Andrew Rudalevige) The George W. Bush Legacy (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2008).

(with Timothy Came) “The Dynamics of Top-Down Organizational Change: Donald Rumsfeld’s Campaign to Transform the U.S. Defense Department,” Governance 23 (2010), pp. 411-35.

(editor with Bert A. Rockman and Andrew Rudalevige) The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012).