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Public policy for the real world

The 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 simply as it is described in theory but as it is practiced by real-world governments.

The Four Pillars of the Max Bell School of Public Policy

McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy will be 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 will all play central roles in the activities of the Max Bell School.

Practical Policy Teaching

The Max Bell School of Public Policy’s flagship teaching program will be a one-year Masters in Public Policy. The School will also offer a suite of “executive” teaching programs aimed at specific niches within governments, the NGO sector, and the private sector.

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Applied Policy Research

The School will represent a hub for McGill’s many policy-minded researchers, making linkages with individuals and their research centers. Some connections will be through teaching programs, some through research collaborations, and others through the various events created to engage with the public.

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Effective Policy Outreach

This pillar will involve the communication of complex and contentious policy ideas with the general public, whose support is ultimately required for the implementation of policies. These efforts will recognize that people with different perspectives usually require and benefit from different styles of communication.

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Credible Policy Engagement

This pillar is aimed at bridging the disconnect between existing policymakers and policy-minded academics. More and deeper interaction between the two groups is essential to building such a bridge, with the valuable flow of information and perspectives in both directions.

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Upcoming events at the new Max Bell School of Public Policy

International-relations scholar Jennifer Welsh will join the Max Bell School of Public Policy

Jennifer Welsh will become one of 24 Canada 150 Research Chairs at McGill University. She will join the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and the Max Bell School in January. 

Royal Victoria Hospital to be transformed, housing Max Bell School of Public Policy

The McGill Reporter outlines next steps for the Royal Victoria Hospital's transformation into a hub for learning, research and innovation in environmental sustainability and public policy.

Read about our Bridging Divides event in Calgary which took place in June 

The Max Bell School of Public Policy co-hosted a pan-Canadian conversation focusing on public policies that are both good for the economy and the environment.