Michael M. Atkinson

University of Saskatchewan
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

101 Diefenbaker Place
Room 141
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5B8
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My current research includes political ethics, decision theory, and higher education policy. I have recently published articles in Political Science Quarterly, International Public Management Journal, and Canadian Public Policy.

Atkinson, Michael M. and Murray Fulton. (2013). “Understanding Public Sector Ethics: Beyond Agency Theory in Canada’s Sponsorship Scandal.” International Public Management Journal.
Atkinson, Michael M. (2013). “Policy, Politics and Political Science,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 46 (3): 1-22.
Atkinson, Michael. (2011). "Lindblom's Lament: Incrementalism and the Persistent Pull of the Status Quo." Policy and Society.
Atkinson, Michael. (2011). "Discrepancies in Corruption Perceptions, or Why is Canada So Corrupt?" Political Science Quarterly.
Abstract: Public opinion polling has established a clear gap between what Canadians expect and what they believe they are receiving in terms of ethical conduct from their leaders. The Canadian public is inclined to think that major institutions of government are corrupt and that corruption in politics is pervasive. These perceptions are not shared by Canadian politicians or by international risk assessors such as Transparency International. This article argues that this major discrepancy has its roots in the ways in which elites and the public employs the concept of corruption. Political and business elites define corruption with an emphasis on rent-seeking and the misuse of office for private gain; for democratic citizens, corruption is the breakdown of trust between rulers and the ruled. From the latter vantage point it is possible to render harsh judgments about corruption even in the absence of bribery, kickbacks and other common forms of malfeasance.

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy SECONDARY
Governance PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus: