Interview series: Professor Denis Saint-Martin

Professor Denis Saint-Martin joins IPPA for an interview discussing his academic journey and research interests. In the video, Saint-Martin discusses his research on the role of management consultants and private sector actors in public policy, and on corruption and ethics management. He was interviewed in Singapore by PhD candidate Kidjie Saguin.




Denis Saint-Martin is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Université de Montréal. He studied at Carleton University and at the Harvard Center for European Studies. He is an expert in comparative public administration and policy. He received various distinctions for his numerous articles and books. His PhD thesis, ‘Building the New Managerialist State’, was published by Oxford University Press and won the U.S. Academy of Management’s Best Book Award. He received the Herbert Kaufman Award for Best Paper in Public Administration from the American Political Science Association and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He served as senior policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, and was Director of the Montréal European Union Centre of Excellence.



Saint-Martin, D. (1998) Management consultants, the state, and the politics of administrative reform in Britain and Canada, Administration and Society, 30(5) 533–568.


Saint-Martin, D. (2005) Path Dependence and Self-Reinforcing Processes in the Regulation of Ethics in Politics, International Journal of Public Management, 8(2) 4-22.


Saint-Martin, D. (2009) L’institutionnalisation d’un champ d’expertise contesté : la régulation de l’éthique parlementaire aux États-Unis et en Europe, Cahiers internationaux de sociologie, No.126, pp. 21-37.


Saint-Martin, D. (2014) Gradual Institutional Change in Congressional Ethics: Endogenous Pressures toward Third-Party Enforcement, Studies in American Political Development, 28(2) 161-174.