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Ken Rasmussen PhD, MPA, BA JSGS Faculty, U of R

Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina (on sabbatical)

3rd Floor, 2155 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus, Regina SK, Canada, S4S 0A2

Areas of Interest

  • Public enterprise management
  • Administrative reform
  • Administrative history
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Provincial politics


Ken Rasmussen is the director and a professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy's University of Regina campus. Prior to assuming this new role, Ken served as the JSGS Associate Director from 2008-13, where he provided guidance in developing the school’s academic programs. 

Rasmussen's main research interests include public enterprise management, administrative reform, administrative history, non-profit organizations, ethics and leadership, and provincial politics.

Download Ken Rasmussen's abridged CV.


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MPA, University of Winnipeg
  • BA, University of Manitoba

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).

Referred Articles and Book Chapters

  • Ken Rasmussen, “Converging Provincial Public Services” in Christopher Dunn, (ed.) Provinces: Canadian Provincial Politics (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), 422-441.
  • Ken Rasmussen, “Saskatchewan.” in Jared Wesley (ed.) 10 Worlds: Politics and Elections in Canada’s Provinces.  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015).
  • 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.