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Ian Greene

Dr. Ian Greene
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Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University


Ian Greene has taught public policy and administration in York University's political science department since 1985. Ian brings to his teaching the insights gained from four years of work in Alberta's public service. He was assistant to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Bob Dowling, in the early 1970s, and was Assistant to the Regional Director of Social Services in Lethbridge from 1982-85.

Ian is currently on sabbatical, working on three book projects. He was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1985 to 2009, and is now a full-time member of York's School of Public Policy and Administration, which was established in 2006. He was the Master of McLaughlin College at York University from 2004-2009, and was also the Director of the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law Program from 2006-2009. He has been the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration,and the Graduate Diploma in Democratic Administration. He teaches courses in Canadian public law, the Charter of Rights, judicial administration, program evaluation, political ethics, Canadian government, and public administration. He has been coordinator of York's undergraduate program in public policy and administration, as well as the undergraduate director in the political science department. He was an associate dean in the Faculty of Arts from 1997 to 2000. He has been associate director of York's MPA Programme, and co-director of the professional development LLM programme in administrative law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Centre for Public Policy and Law. From 2003 to 2004, he was Chair of the York University Senate.

On the research front, Ian's most recent book is The Courts, part of the Canadian Democratic Audit series. He was the principal author of Final Appeal, which was published in 1998 and co-authored with Carl Baar, Peter McCormick, George Szablowski and Martin Thomas. The book analyses decision-making in Canadian appeal courts, and is based on interviews with 101 of Canada s appellate court judges, including 8 of the 9 Supreme Court of Canada judges. Ian's co-authored book with David Shugarman, Honest Politics, was published in March, 1997. His other books are The Charter of Rights (1989), and Judges and Judging (1990), with Peter McCormick. His publisher is James Lorimer & Co. As well, he was a member of the research team, led by Prof. Maureen Mancuso at the University of Guelph, which published A Question of Ethics (Oxford) in 1998. He is currently doing research into the impact of social science and historical evidence on the Supreme Court of Canada. He hopes to complete a new edition of The Charter of Rights soon.