Civic Technologies: Reviving New Public Management or Realizing Network Governance? Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant. 

Policy Design in the Digital Age: Instruments, Actors, and Spaces. With Jonathan Craft.

Political Bots and the Public Service: study of the @gccaedits bot. With Elizabeth Dubois.

Young Voters and the 2015 Canadian Federal Election (Survey and Twitter study). With Elizabeth Dubois.


Issues in Canadian GovernanceOpening the Government of Canada


Clarke, Amanda & Benjamin Piper. 2018. "A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants." Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, 21(1): 1-50.

Clarke, Amanda & Jonathan Craft. 2018. "The Twin Faces of Public Sector Design". Governance. 1-17.

Clarke, Amanda, Evert Lindquist & Jeffrey Roy. (2017). "Understanding Governance in a Digital Era: An Agenda for Public Administration Research in Canada." Canadian Public Administration, 60(4): 457-475.

Clarke, Amanda & Jonathan Craft. (2017). "The Vestiges and Vanguards of Policy Design in a Digital Context". Canadian Public Administration, 60(4): 476-497.

Clarke, Amanda. (2017). "Digital Government Units: Origins, Orthodoxy and Critical Considerations for Public Management Theory and Practice". 

Clarke, Amanda & Francoli, Mary. (2017). "Digital Government and Permanent Campaigning" in Permanent Campaigning in Canada. Eds. Alex Marland, Anna Esselment & Thierry Giasson, pp. 241-258.

Clarke, Amanda. (2017). "Why We Need Code for Canada." The Hill Times. 10 April.

Clarke, Amanda. (2017). “Digital Government Transformation Units: Who, what and why?” Annual CAPPA Conference, Winnipeg (May 2017).

Clarke, Amanda. (2017). "The Evolution of Government as a Platform". MySociety's Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TicTec). Florence, Italy (April 2017).

Clarke, Amanda. (2016) “Outrage over government Wikipedia edits sends wrong message”. Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Clarke, Amanda. (2016). “The Innovation Challenge: Modernizing the Public Service”. Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Clarke, Amanda. (2016). "Opening Government Under Stephen Harper". Annual CAPPA conference. Quebec City, Canada (May 2016).

Clarke, Amanda. (2015). "We’ve Got Some Catching Up to Do: The Public Service and the 2015 Federal Election" in Canadian Election Analysis: Communication, Strategy, and Democracy. Eds. Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson. UBC Press and Samara Canada. Available at

Clarke, Amanda & Dubois, Elizabeth. (2015). "Forced to tweet in both languages ministers lose their impact." The Globe and Mail. 19 February.

Clarke, Amanda. "'This tweet does not represent the official view of the Government of Canada’: Managerial and theoretical implications of public servants’ social media usage." Canadian Political Science Association. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (June 2015).

Clarke, Amanda. "Digital era government-third sector relations: lessons from Canada and the United Kingdom." Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (June 2015).

Clarke, Amanda & Craft, Jonathan. “From Analogue Traditions to Digital Dreams: Digital Era Policy Design.” European Consortium of Political Research Joint Sessions. Warsaw, Poland (March 2015).

Clarke, Amanda & Margetts, Helen. (2014). Governments and Citizens Getting to Know Each Other? Open, Closed and Big Data in Public Management Reform. Policy & Internet, 16(4), 393-417.

Clarke. Amanda. (2014). “Business as Usual? An Evaluation of British and Canadian Digital Diplomacy as Institutional Adaptation” in Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Corneliu Bjola & Marcus Holmes, eds. London: Routledge, pp. 111-126.    

Clarke, A., & Francoli, M. (2014). What’s in a name? A comparison of “open government” definitions across seven Open Government Partnership members. eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 6(3). Available at 
Clarke, Amanda. "Empirical and Theoretical Blindspots in the Study of Government-Citizen Relations on the Social Web: A Case Study of the Government of Canada." Annual CAPPA Conference. Kingston, Ontario, Canada (May 2014).

Clarke, Amanda. 2014. "One of These Things is Not Like the Other: Bottom-up Reform, Open Information, Collaboration and...the Harper Government." in How Ottawa Spends, 2014-2015. G. Bruce Doern & Christopher Stoney, eds. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 125-138.

Margetts, Helen & Clarke, Amanda. "Mind the Gap: the Role of Open Data and Big Data in Public Management Reform." Paper presented at the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research. Bordeaux, France (September 2013).

Clarke, Amanda. "Business as Usual: An Advocacy Coalition Analysis of Digital Diplomacy in Canada and the United Kingdom." Paper presented at the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research. Bordeaux, France (September 2013).

Clarke, Amanda. "Exploiting the Web as a Tool of Democracy: New Ways Forward in the Study and Practice of Digital Democracy". Report prepared for the Council of Europe for the World Forum for Democracy. Strasbourg, France (November 2013).

Clarke, Amanda & Francoli, Mary. “What’s in a name? Defining ‘open government’ across seven Open Government Partnership countries.” Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (June 2013).

Clarke, Amanda. “Digital government-citizen information networks: Adaptation and resistance in the welfare policy sectors of Canada and the United Kingdom.” Paper presented at the CAPPA Conference on Public Management. Toronto, Ontario, Canada (May 2013).

Clarke, Amanda. 2013. "Digital Government", "Open Source Governance" and "Oxford Internet Institute" in Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Harvey, Kerric & Geoffrey J. Golson, eds. New York: Sage.

Clarke, Amanda. 21 February 2013. Want to redesign Parliament? Don't forget about the website, please. Samara Canada.

Clarke, Amanda. “‘Open dialogue’ and the Government of Canada’s use of social media: bureaucratic barriers to democratic engagement in the digital age.” Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (14 June 2012).

Clarke, Amanda. 21 November 2011. In need of a nudge: A low-cost, do-it-yourself way to get voters to the polls. iPolitics.

Clarke, Amanda. 10 May 2011. Democratic Renewal Delayed. The Mark.

Clarke, Amanda. 2011. Even on line the young log off. IPU Review (British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union), Issue 33, pp. 21-22

Clarke, Amanda. 2010. A Dialogue on Youth and Democracy. Canadian Parliamentary Review, pp. 25-28.

Clarke, Amanda. 2010. Social Media: Political Uses and Implications for Representative Democracy. Library of Parliament.


"Public Management and the Canadian Political System" & "Social Media, Communications and Marketing in the Third Sector". Winter 2015. Graduate seminars for the Master of Arts in Public Administration and the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada.

"Information Technology and Public Administration." Winter, 2013 & 2014. Graduate seminar for the Master of Arts in Public Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada.

Selected Talks

Invited speaker. 2 March 2017. “Digital Era IT Skills”. Association of Public Sector Information Professionals. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Keynote speaker. 15 February 2017. “The Evolution of Digital Government Orthodoxy”. Information Without Borders Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Invited speaker. 10 February 2017. “Policy Innovation in the Digital Age”. Queen’s University Policy Speaker Series. Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Panelist. 26 September 2016. “Open Government”. Right to Know conference, co-hosted by the Office of the Information Commissioner and Carleton University, Ottawa.
Keynote speaker. 15 June 2015. The Future of Digital Government. Institute of Public Administration of Canada, National Capital Region Annual General Meeting. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Roundtable on Digital Governance. 26 May 2015. Annual CAPPA Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Social Web in the Government of Canada: Promises, Failures and Reforms. 3 February 2015. Presentation to the Government of Canada's Social Media Community of Practice. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Social Web in the UK Government: Cautionary Tales for the Government of Canada. 21 November 2014. Presentation to the Treasury Board Secretariat. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Panelist. Behavioural Economics and Nudge. 24 March 2015. Presentation to the Canada Revenue Agency “Engaging with Academics” Workshop. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Panelist. Citizen Choice, Service Delivery and Retail Governance: Who Looks Out for the Public Good? 28 January 2015. Digital Governance Forum, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Institute on Governance. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Closing Panel. Connected Life 2014: A Multidisciplinary Conference for Emerging Internet Research. 12 June 2014. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Opening Government Through the Ages: Precedents and Lessons for Digital Era Open Government. 30 May 2014. City of Guelph Change Camp. Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

e-Governance Challenges in the Public Sector: Civic Engagement and Democracy in the Age of the Internet. 14 February 2014. Lab CMO,  Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Engaging with the Social Web: Opportunities and Challenges for the Public Sector. 16 October 2013. Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Social Web as an Instrument of Public Engagement: a Study of the Canadian and British Welfare and Benefits Sectors. 30 November 2013. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Digital Government-Citizen Information Networks: Adaptation and Resistance in the Welfare Policy Sectors of Canada and the United Kingdom. 20 August 2013. Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Methodological and Theoretical Gaps in the Study of Public Sector Social Media Use. 5 April 2013. Social Media Lab, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Digital Government-Citizen Engagement: Where we've got it wrong, and how to get it right. 4 February 2013. School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Public sector social media engagement: defining and mitigating risks in a necessarily risk averse context. 21 February 2011. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The rhetoric and reality of online youth political participation: recommendations for parliaments. 8-9 December 2010. British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Westminster, London, United Kingdom.


"Government startup aims to create better services for Canadians." 14 December, 2017, The Current, CBC.

"Internet renforce le pouvoir de la société civile." 26 November 2013. Anne-Sophie Novel, Le Monde. 

"Is democracy at risk?" 16 November 2013. The Globe and Mail.

"Pull: Amanda Clarke on Government and Big Data". 7 August 2013. TVO.

"How many groups does it take to craft a tweet in this government body? Eight." 6 February 2013. Chris Hannay, The Globe and Mail.

"Political Institutions Adrift?"11 April 2011. The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO.


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