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Ian Clark

January 1, 1990 | By |



Ian Clark became Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance in 2007 after nine years as President of the Council of Ontario Universities. Clark has served on the executive board of the International Monetary Fund and in six different departments in the Government of Canada, including as Deputy Secretary in the Privy Council Office, Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and Secretary of the Treasury Board.

Clark chairs Statistics Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Postsecondary Education Statistics, the Finance and Audit Committee of the Institute for Research on Public Policy and is past chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Canadian Public Administration journal and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He is the creator and co-editor of the Atlas of Public Management (see

Clark has a BSc from the University of British Columbia in 1966, a DPhil from Oxford in 1969, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1972, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2008. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

CV and list of publications can be found at

Courses Taught
Governance and Institutions


“Teaching public policy: Global convergence or difference?” Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, Policy and Society, Volume 36, in press, 2017.

“The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States” Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, Policy and Society, Volume 36, in press, 2017.

“Program Evaluation and Aboriginal Affairs: A History and a Thought Experiment,” Ian D. Clark and Harry Swain, A Subtle Balance: Expertise, Evidence, and Democracy in Policy and Governance, 1960-2010, Edward Parson, ed., McGill-Queens University Press, 2015.

“Making reform stick: Political acumen as an element of political capacity for policy change and innovation,” Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, Policy and Society, 34(3), 2015, 247-257.

Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario.
Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011, 300 pages.

Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario
Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik, and David Trick, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009, 244 pages.

Home Department
School of Public Policy & Governance

Research interests
Best practices in public management
Higher education reform

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