Faculty Profile - Ken Rasmussen

Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina 

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As the former associate director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Ken Rasmussen worked closely with the JSGS leadership team in developing the school’s academic programs, conferences, executive training programs and other engagement strategies. Rasmussen's main research interests include public enterprise management, administrative reform, administrative history, non-profit organizations, ethics and leadership, and provincial politics.

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Email: ken.rasmussen@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 585-5463
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1990
  • MPA, University of Winnipeg, 1982
  • BA, University of Manitoba, 1979

Areas of Interest
  • Public enterprise management
  • Administrative reform
  • Administrative history
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Provincial politics
Recent Grants/Awards
  • 2002 SSHRC Strategic Grant, Organizational Capacity of the Non-Profit Sector $50,000
  • 2001 Kahanoff Foundation (co-applicant), Ethical Climate project $19,000
  • 1998 Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Professorship, Social Capital Project $4,000
  • 1997 Government of Saskatchewan Executive Council, Policy Capacity Project $7,500
  • 1994 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Government Aboriginal Relations $10,000
  • 1993 SSHRC President's Fund, Economic Policy of the NDP in Saskatchewan $3,000
  • 1991 SSHRC President's Fund, Travel Grant for Research in India $5,000
  • 1989 Department of the Secretary of State, Canadian Studies Program, Privatization in Saskatchewan $4,000
  • 1989 SSHRC President's Fund, Privatization in Saskatchewan $2,000
Select Publications


  • Atkinson Michael M., Daniel Béland, Gregory P. Marchildon, Kathleen McNutt, Peter W. B. Phillips, and Ken Rasmussen. 2013. Governance and Public Policy in Canada: A View from the Provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Luc Juillet and Ken Rasmussen, Defending a Contested Ideal: Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908-2008 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008).
  • David Siegel and Ken Rasmussen (eds.) Professionalism and Public Service: Essays
    in Honour of Kenneth Kernaghan
    (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
  • James Pitsula and Ken Rasmussen, Privatizing a Province: The New Right in Saskatchewan (Vancouver: New Star Books, 1990).

Referred Articles and Book Chapters

  • Kryvoruchko, Iryna and Ken Rasmussen. 2013. Public vs. Private Foundations and Changing Federal Disbursement Rules. In Chris Stoney and Bruce Doern (ed.), How Ottawa Spends, 2013-2014: The Harper Government: Mid-Term Blues and Long-Term Plans, McGill-Queen's University Press
  • Ken Rasmussen and Luc Juillet, "The Origins of Merit in Canada" Tim Mau (ed) Canadian Public Administration in Transition: From Administration to Management to Governance Essays in Honour of Ted Hodgett's (Ottawa; University of Ottawa Press, 2008)
  • James Agarwal, Dave Malloy, Ken Rasmussen, "Ethical Climate in Government and Nonprofit Sectors: Public Policy Implications for Service Delivery" Journal of Business Ethics, Accepted for publication.
  • Ken Rasmussen, "‘Super Diplomat and Super Expediter': Wes Bolstad as Cabinet Secretary in Saskatchewan, 1973-79" in Patrice Dutil (ed.) Searching for Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
  • Carolyn Jones and Ken Rasmussen, "Institutions for Water Resource Conflict and Management in Canada" Mark Sproule-Jones, Carolyn Johns and Tim Heinmiller (Eds) Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008).
  • Greg Marchildon and Ken Rasmussen Edward Richard Schreyer. 1969-1977 in Robert Wardaugh (ed.) The Premiers of Manitoba (Regina: CPRC Press, 2008).
  • Ken Rasmussen and Gregory P. Marchildon, "Saskatchewan's Executive Decision-Making Style: The Centrality of Planning" in Howlett and Brownsey (eds) Executive Styles in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).
  • Ken Rasmussen, "Canada's Water Management System: Economic Development and Institutional Paralysis" in J.C.N Raadschelders (ed.) The Institutional Arrangements for Water Management in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Amsterdam: ISO Press, 2005), 179-194.
  • Ken Rasmussen, David Malloy and James Agarwal, "Ethical Climate, Accountability,and Autonomy: A Comparative Analysis of Nonprofit and Government Managers," in
  • Kathy Brock (ed) Delicate Dances: Public Policy and the Non-Profit Sector (Kingston:McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003), 123-146.
  • Ken Rasmussen, David Malloy and James Agarwal, "The Ethical Climate of Government and Non-Profit Organizations: Implications for Public-Private Partnerships" Public Management Review 5:1 (2003) 83-97.
  • Ken Rasmussen, "The Saskatchewan Public Service: Converging Towards the Norm?"in Howard Leeson (ed.) Saskatchewan Politics 2001 (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2001).
  • Ken Rasmussen "Regionalization and Collaborative Government: A New Direction for Health System Governance" in Duane Adams (ed.) Federalism, Democracy, and Health Policy in Canada (Kingston: Institute on Intergovernmental Relations/McGill-Queens University Press, 2001).
  • Ken Rasmussen "Saskatchewan: From Entrepreneurial State to Embedded State," in Keith Brownsey and Michael Howlett (eds.), The Provincial State in Canada: Politics in the Provinces and Territories (Toronto: Broadview, 2001), 241-275.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Managers Matter: news from the laboratory" in Canadian Public Administration (Spring, 2001), 119-125.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Saskatchewan: A Regional Perspective" in The Co-op Alternative: Civil Society and the Future of Public Service in John Restakis and Evert Lindquist (eds.) (Toronto: IPAC Monograph, 2001), 110-124.
  • Ken Rasmussen "The Canadian Civil Service at War: From Patronage to Planning," in Fabio Rugge (ed.) Administration and Crisis Management: The Case of Wartime (Brussels: International Institute of Administrative Sciences, 2000) 69-89.
  • Ken Rasmussen "New Values and Old Traditions: The Career Public Service in Saskatchewan," in Evert Lindquist, (ed.) Government Restructuring and the Future of the Career Public Service in Canada (Toronto: IPAC Monograph, 2000), 374-389.
  • Ken Rasmussen "The Manitoba Civil Service: A Quiet Tradition in Transition," in Evert Lindquist (ed.) Government Restructuring and the Future of the Career Public Service in Canada Toronto: IPAC 2000, 349-373.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Policy Capacity in Saskatchewan: Strengthening the Equilibrium" Canadian Public Administration 42, 3 (Fall, 1999), 331-48.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Bureaucrats and Politicians in the Diefenbaker Era: A Legacy of Mistrust," in Donald Story and R. Bruce Shepard (eds.) The Diefenbaker Legacy: Canadian Politics, Law and Society Since 1957 (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1998), 155-168.
  • Ken Rasmussen "The Case of Saskatchewan-Aboriginal Relations" Report for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (Ottawa: Libraxus, 1997).
  • Ken Rasmussen "Administrative Reform and the Quest for Bureaucratic Autonomy:1867-1918," Journal of Canadian Studies 29 (Fall, 1994), 45-62.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Democracy and Bureaucracy in Canada," Journal of Public Policy and Administration 1(June 1994), 25-48.
  • Ken Rasmussen "Public Enterprise and Privatization: A Study of Canada and India," in Pradeep Saxena (ed.) Comparative Public Policy (New Delhi: Rawat Publishers, 1993), 153-176.
  • Ken Rasmussen "The Administrative Liberalism of R. MacGregor Dawson," Canadian Public Administration 33 (Spring, 1990), 37-51.