Our Pillars

The four pillars of the Max Bell School of Public Policy

McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy, with each of these four dimensions grounded in a solid understanding of the overall policy process, not merely as it is described in theory but as it exists in the real world, with all its imperfections and limitations. The principle-based design of policy solutions to important problems, the interaction of policy development with partisan politics, and knowledge of the workings of the machinery of government all play central roles in the activities of the Max Bell School.


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Practical Policy Teaching

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Applied Policy Research

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Effective Public Outreach

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Credible Policy Engagement


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