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Evert A. Lindquist, PhD (California, Berkeley)

Evert Lindquist

Evert A. Lindquist
Director and Professor

PhD Public Policy
U. of California, Berkeley 1989

MPP Public Policy
U. of California, Berkeley 1983

MA Economics
U. of Western Ontario 1981

BA Economics and Political Science
Carleton University 1979


UVic Office: HSD A302a
UVic Office Phone: 250.721.8084
Fax: 250.721.8849
E-mail: evert@uvic.ca


Professional Information & Research Interests  |  Selected Publications  |  Recent Speaking Engagements & Event Participation  |  Courses Taught  |  Professional Appointments & Memberships


Professional Information & Research Interests

Professor Lindquist is Professor in the University of Victoria's School of Public Administration, where he served as Director from 1998-2009. After a two-year leave during 2010 and 2011, he has returned as Director as of January 2012. Lindquist is also the new Editor of Canadian Public Administration, the journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, starting in January 2012.

Professor Lindquist has published widely on many topics. Areas of interest include:

  • central decision-making, including research on the evolving role of central agencies, budgetary processes, consultation, business planning, government transitions, and performance reporting;

  • public sector reform, including research on government restructuring, career public service, alternative service delivery, and implications for central agencies;

  • how governments address complex policy challenges, including research on building capacity for comprehensive initiatives, managing whole-of-government issues, horizontal management, and managing overlap and duplication across governments;

  • the role of think tanks and experts in the policy process, the dynamics of policy communitites and networks, and the impact of research on policy-making; and

  • exploring the potential of visualization techniques for policy development with the HC Coombs Policy Forum, Australian National University.

Professor Lindquist's first academic appointment was in the University of Toronto's Department of Political Science (1988-98). He was the first Visiting Scholar at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (1992-94), a Visiting Scholar at Griffith University in 2004, and a Senior Academic Visiting Fellow with the Canada School of Public Service. During 2010 and 2011, Professor Lindquist held the ANZDOG-ANU Chair in Applied Public Management Research at the Australian National University, where he is an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Crawford School of Economics and Government.

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Selected Publications

Books, Monographs and Collections

  • Delivering Policy Reform: Anchoring Significant Reforms in Turbulent Times (Canberra: ANU E-Press and ANZSOG, 2011), edited with Sam Vincent and John Wanna.

  • A Critical Moment: Capturing and Conveying the Evolution of the Canadian Public Service (Ottawa: Canada School of Public Service, 2006).

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on "Organizing for Policy Implementation: The Emergence and Role of Implementation Units in Policy Design and Oversight", Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 8(4), December 2006.

  • The Co-op Alternative: Civil Society and the Future of Public Services (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2001), edited with John Restakis.

  • Government Restructuring and Career Public Service in Canada (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2000), editor.

  • Recruitment and Policy Capacity in Government with Jim Desveaux (Ottawa: Public Management Research Centre of the Public Policy Forum, 1998).

Selected Articles, Chapters, Papers

  • "The Australian Public Service and Policy Advising: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Governance", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(4) 2011 (with Anne Tiernana).

  • "No Reform Left Behind: Multiplicity, Integrating Frameworks and Implications for New Zealand’s Centre-of-Government and Public Sector Improvement", Chapter 2 in B. Ryan and D. Gill (eds.) Future State: Directions for Public Management in New Zealand (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011).

  • "From Rhetoric to Blueprint: The Moran Review as a Concerted, Comprehensive and Emergent Strategy for Public Service Reform", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 69(2), 2010, 115–151.

  • "Discerning the Consequences and Integrity of Canada’s Budget Reforms: A Story of Remnants and Resilience", (with David Good) in J. Wanna, L. Jensen, and J. de Vries (eds.), The Reality of Budget Reform: Counting the Consequences in Eleven Advanced Democracies, (Edward Elgar, 2010), 91-121.

  • "Government Restructuring and the BC Public Service: Turmoil, Innovation, and Continuity in the 2000s", (with John Langford and Thea Vakil) Chapter 13 in M. Howlett, D. Pilon, and T. Summerville (eds.), British Columbia Politics and Government, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010), 217-243.

  • There’s More to Policy Than Alignment, Canadian Policy Research Networks, May 2009.

  • "How Ottawa Assesses Department/Agency Performance: Treasury Board’s Management Accountability Framework", in A.M. Maslove (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 2009-2010: Economic Upheaval and Political Dysfunction, (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 47-88.

  • "Organizing for mega-consultation: HRDC and the Social Security Reform", Canadian Public Administration, 48(3), Fall 2005, 348.

  • "Three Decades of Canadian Think Tanks: Evolving Institutions, Conditions and Strategies", in D. Stone and A. Denham (eds.), Think Tank Traditions: Policy Research and the Politics of Ideas, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004), 264-280.

  • "How Ottawa Plans: The Evolution of Strategic Planning", in L.A. Pal (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 2001-02: Power in Transition, (Toronto: Oxford Univ. Press, 2001), 61-93.

  • "Efficiency, Reliability, or Innovation: Managing Overlap and Complexity in Canada’s Federal System of Governance", in R.A. Young (ed.), Stretching the Federation: The Art of the State, 1999, 35-68.

  • "Business Planning Comes to Ottawa: Critical Issues and Future Directions", in P. Aucoin and D. Savoie (eds.), Strategic Management in the Public Sector: Lessons from Program Review, (Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Management Development, 1998), 143-168.

  • "On the Cutting Edge: Program Review, Government Restructuring, and the Treasury Board of Canada", in G. Swimmer, (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1996-97: Living Under the Knife, (Carleton University Press, 1996), 205-52.

  • "Transition Teams and Government Succession: Focusing on the Essentials", in D. J. Savoie (ed.), Taking Power: Managing Government Transitions, (Toronto: Institute for Public Administration of Canada, 1993), 29-52.

  • "Think Tanks or Clubs? Assessing the Influence and Roles of Canadian Policy Institutes", Canadian Public Administration, Winter 1993, 547-579.

  • "Public Managers and Policy Communities: Learning to Meet New Challenges", Canadian Public Administration, 35(2), 1992, 127-159.

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Recent Speaking Engagements & Event Participation

Several presentations since mid-2011 pertaining to the broad theme of "Visualization Techniques and Policy Development", including to: the DRDC Science for Security Open Seminar Series, Ottawa (Dec 2011); the West Coast Poverty Centre, University of Washington (Dec 2011); the Annual Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in Washington, DC (Nov 2011); the 2011 VisWeek Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (Oct 2011); the symposium on "A Fine Balance: Expertise, Evidence and Democracy in Policy and Governance" in honour of Rod Dobell, University of Victoria (Aug 2011); the Annual Conference of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Victoria (Aug 2011); HC Coombs Policy Forum, Canberra (July 2011); and the Crawford School of Economics and Government Seminar Series, Australian National University (July 2011).

Presentations and dialogues with Board Voice (December 2011) and the Board of Directors of the Federation of Community Social Service Agencies in BC (September 2011) on the non-profit sector and policy directions.

Numerous presentations during 2010 variously on "Whither the Moran Review? The APS Blueprint as Guide and Strategy Across Governments", "Building Policy Capacity in Government: Context and Challenges", and "Integrating Frameworks and Implications for Centre-of Government" in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne in Australia as well as in Wellington, New Zealand.

"'Culture, Control, or Capacity' Re-Visited: How is Canada Meeting Horizontal Challenges in Public Sector Management Ten Years Later?" Presentation to conference on "Connecting Across Boundaries: Making the Whole of Government Agenda Work", University of Canberra (Old Parliament House), 16 Nov 2010.

"The New Synthesis and Co-governance: Antecedents, Challenges and Implications for Government", paper prepared for ANZSOG, ASPC and Victoria-SSA and presented to ANZSOG Roundtable on the New Synthesis, at the ANZSOG Headquarters, Melbourne, Victoria, 5 Oct 2010.

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Courses Taught

  • ADMN 530: Orgranizational Effectiveness: Working with Consultants

  • ADMN 605: Comparative Policy and Governance

  • ADMN 607: Organizational Behaviour and Analysis

  • ADMN 645: Organizational Change and Development

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Professional Appointments & Memberships

Professor Lindquist is a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and serves on its Board of Directors, Governance Committee, and Research Committee. He sits on the editorial advisory boards of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research.

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