IPAC Publications

Since our inception in 1947, IPAC has focused on producing cutting-edge research that helps put our members front-and-centre in their profession. Our publications cover a wide range of topics and are sure to stimulate and educate. Except for the CPA journal, all publications are available in the IPAC e-Store, many of which can be downloaded free of charge.

Books : IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance

The editor of this series, Patrice Dutil, is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Before joining Ryerson in 2006 he was the Acting Executive Director and Director of Research at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

Launched in 2001, the IPAC series in Public Management and Governance is published in collaboration with the University of Toronto Press. (A French-language series, the Collection IPAC en Management Public et Gouvernance is published with the Presses de l'Université Laval.)

Both series are dedicated to the promotion of excellent scholarship in the field of public sector management and to the broadening of the discussion around administration, policy and governance.

IPAC Members receive a 20% discount on all IPAC books. View a list of available books.

Briefs : IPAC Leadership and Executive Series

These succinct and user-friendly fact sheets provide today’s leaders with background information on cross-cutting topics and themes. 

Case Studies :  IPAC Case Study Program

Serving its members and anyone in need of case material, be it for class use, professional development or searching for leading practice, the Case Study Hub of IPAC offers an integrated, one-stop platform, with:

  • A searchable database of over 200 case studies, organized to meet the divergent needs of practitioners, researchers and teachers
  • How-to guides for writing, teaching and using cases
  • An exhaustive source of other case studies from around the world
  • Up to date information on recent cases, knowledge sources and emerging trends

IPAC members can download a complimentary copy of all case studies.  View a list of all available case studies.

Visit the Case Study Program website.  

Journal : Canadian Public Administration (CPA)

Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada is IPAC's refereed scholarly publication. Published quarterly, it examines the structures, processes, outputs and outcomes of public management and public policy. It covers executive, legislative, judicial and quasi-judicial functions at all three levels of Canadian government.

The CPA focuses primarily on Canadian issues, but its articles often compare Canadian institutions and public sector management concerns with those in other countries. Similarly, its articles occasionally examine matters in foreign states or in international organizations that are of particular relevance to the public administration community in Canada. 

IPAC members can access and download current and back issues of the CPA by logging into the Member's Section of the IPAC website.  Non-members can see Canadian Public Administration at Blackwell-Wiley for current and back issues.

Magazine : Public Sector Management (PSM)

Public Sector Management is the Institute of Public Administration of Canada's magazine. PSM keeps readers informed of the latest developments in the area of public management and abreast of the activities of the Institute across the country and internationally. It is published three times a year and distributed free of charge to IPAC members.

Editor: Andrea Migone, Director of Research and Outreach

Managing Editor and Production Manager: Gabriella Ciampini

The objective of the PSM magazine is to foster ideas and discussion on topical issues related to public management and policy. Should you wish to contribute articles or ideas for the PSM magazine, please submit them to Elisabeth Laviolette at elaviolette@ipac.ca

Subscribe to the PSM magazine.  View most recent issue.

Reports : New Directions and Reflections Series

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) sponsors issue-oriented working groups of public servants and academics to find practical solutions to emerging issues. The results of their work are presented in these series.

Publications are published in the language in which they were written; an executive summary is provided in the other official language.

Reports : IPAC Surveys

Every two years, IPAC conducts surveys among Deputy Ministers, Chief Administrative Officers of Canada's largest cities and IPAC Regional Groups on the top issues they anticipate will dominate their agenda.