Dr. Herman Bakvis

Dr. Herman Bakvis
Adjunct Professor
Office: HSD A342

PhD Political Science (UBC), MA, BA

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Herman Bakvis joined the School of Public Administration at UVic as a Professor in July 2005, after 26 years at Dalhousie University in both the Department of Political Science and School of Public Administration. He was Director of the School at Dalhousie from 2000 to 2004. He has also held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Queen’s University and the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to his academic research interests (see below), he has been involved in applied policy research for departments and agencies such as Human Resources Development Canada, Transport Canada, and Treasury Board Secretariat, as well Royal Commissions such as the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing.

Full CV

Expertise & Interests

  • Federalism
  • Comparative public policy
  • Party and election financing
  • Minority government
  • Coalition government: Implications for governance
  • Policy and intergovernmental relations
  • Governance challenges

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • (H. Bakvis and D. Brown), “Policy Coordination in Federal Systems: Comparing Intergovernmental Processes and Outcomes in Canada and the United States,” Publius, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 484-

Books, Chapters, Monographs

  • (H. Bakvis and M. Jarvis, editors) From ‘New Public Management’ to ‘New Political Governance’: Essays in Honour of Peter C. Aucoin (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012), pp. ix, 412.
  • H. Bakvis and M. Jarvis), “Introduction: Peter C. Aucoin: From New Public Management to New Political Governance,” in Bakvis and Jarvis (eds.) From ‘New Public Management’ to ‘New Political Governance’” (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012), pp. 3-25
  • (H. Bakvis, G. Baier, and D. Brown) Contested Federalism: Certainty and Ambiguity in the Canadian Federation (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. xvi, 304.


  • (I. Marsh, J. Wanna and H. Bakvis), “Introduction,” in I. Marsh and J. Wanna (eds.) Contemporary Government - Fractured or Pluralised? Varieties of Minority and Coalition Regimes. (forthcoming)
  • “Canada: A Tale of Two Minority Governments,” in I. Marsh and J. Wanna (eds.) Contemporary Government - Fractured or Pluralised? Varieties of Minority and Coalition Regimes. (forthcoming)
  • “‘In the Shadows of Hierarchy’: Intergovernmental Governance in Canada and the EU,” Canadian Public Administration (Special Canada EU-Canada Issue, forthcoming).

Paper, Lectures, Addresses

  • "The Evolution of Minority Government in Canada,” Presented to ANZOG Workshop on Minority and Coalition Government, ANU, Canberra, Australia, October 2-3, 2012           
  • “Intergovernmental Governance: (Mis) Understanding Canadian Federalism,” Conference on Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems, University of Victoria, October 14-15, 2011.
  • (With Peter Aucoin and Mark Jarvis), “Constraining Executive Power in the Era of New Political Governance,” Conference and Festschrift in honour of Donald J. Savoie,” Bouctouche, New Brunswick, June 8-10 2011.

Grants & Awards

  • Principal Applicant (with Mark Jarvis, co-applicant), Subvention from Canada School of Public Service, Innovative Public Management Research Fund, $20,000, For publication of edited collection “From New Public Management to New Political Governance,” December 2009
  • Principal investigator (with Mark Jarvis, co-investigator), “From New Public Management to New Political Governance: Symposium in Honour of Peter Aucoin,” SSHRCC Small Conference Program, $25,000, July 2009 – June 2010
  • Co-investigator (C. Howard, Principal Investigator), “Governance Challenges for National Statistical Agencies,” SSHRCC operating grant, $73,864, April 2009 – March 2012.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Universities: St. Francis Xavier University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, University of B.C., Australian National University, University of Canberra, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia, University of Texas at Austin, University of Victoria, East China Normal University (Shanghai),on various topics including electoral law, consociationalism, corporatism and federalism, regional ministers, regional development, intrastate federalism, public sector governance and accountability.

  • Governments and Agencies: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Department of Finance (Ottawa); Treasury Board Secretariat (Ottawa); Canadian Centre for Management Development; Privy Council Office (Ottawa); Canada West Foundation; Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy; Nova Scotia Intergovernmental Affairs; Federal Council (Halifax); IPAC (Halifax, Victoria), Natural Resources Canada; Society for Participatory Research in Asia (New Delhi), on various topics including horizontal management, fiscal federalism, public sector governance and accountability.

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 311/POLI 350: Introduction to Public Administration
  • ADMN 462/547/POLI 462: Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
  • ADMN 504: Public Sector Governance
  • ADMN 520: Managing Complex Policy
  • ADMN 604: Theories: Public Management
  • ADMN 605/POLI 507/607: Comparative Policy and Governance

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • Advisory council, Certified Aboriginal Public Administration program, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada
  • College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs Program
  • Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee (International Political Science Association)