Andrew Stark


Phone: (416) 287-7316
Location: IC 274


Andrew Stark is a Professor of Strategic Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, with cross-appointments to the Strategic Management area at the Rotman School of Management and the Department of Political Science.  

Andrew draws on normative theory – political, moral and legal theory – to analyze controversial issues of public-private sector interaction. He is the author of: Conflict of Interest in American Public Life (Harvard University Press, 2000), The Limits of Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Drawing the Line: Public and Private in America (Brookings Institution Press, 2010). His academic articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, among others. He has written op-eds in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post; his essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, Saturday Night, The Public Interest and other periodicals.

Academic Positions

Professor, University of Toronto (2001-present)

Associate Professor, University of Toronto (1996-2001)

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (1992-1996)

Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution (1990-1991)

Professional Experience

Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (1985-1989)


Ph.D., Department of Government, Harvard University
A.M., Department of Government, Harvard University
M.Sc., Department of Economics, The London School of Economics
B.A., Political Science, The University of British Columbia

Teaching Interests


MGTC45H3 (Business/Government Relations), UTSC
MGTC59H3 (Management Ethics), UTSC


PPG2011H (Ethics and the Public Interest), University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance
INAFU6008 (Ethics and Public Policy), Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Research Interests

Research interests include business, government and medical ethics, corporate governance, business-government relations, public administration and public policy in the U.S. and Canada. 

Awards & Grants

  • Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award (2011-2012)
  • Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award (2004-2005, declined)
  • Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, University of Toronto (2001-2002)
  • Principal's Research Award, University of Toronto at Scarborough (2001-2002)
  • Wynne and Beryl Plumptre Research Fellowship, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Division of Management (2000-2001)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Fellow (1994-1995)
  • Harvard University, Safra Centre for Ethics: Fellow (1991-1992)
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship (graduate fellowship), Harvard University (1979-1985)



Books, Authored

Drawing the Line: Public and Private in America (Brookings Institution Press,  2010), 245pp.
The Limits of Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 256pp.           
Conflict of Interest in American Public Life (Harvard University Press, 2000), 331pp.

Books, Edited

Conflict of Interest in the Professions, editor with Michael Davis (Oxford University Press, 2001)
20 monographs for the University of Toronto Monograph Series in Public Policy and Public Administration (See below, Editorial Boards)


“Global Justice, Historical Justice: Looking at the Two Debates In Tandem,” Political Theory (October, 2012) lead article, 543-572
“Charting a Democratic Future in China,” Dissent (Summer 2012), 18-24. Translated into Chinese by Wu Wanwei (front page)
“Conservative Humility, Liberal Irony,” Policy Review: A Publication of the Hoover Institution (August/September 2011), 69-80
"The Distinction Between Public, Nonprofit and For-Profit: Revisiting the `Core Legal' Approach," Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, January, 2011 (lead article), pp. 3-26
“The Consensus School, Its Critics, and Welfare Policy: A Study of American Political Discourse,” Journal of Politics (April, 2009), 627-643     
“Benefit versus Numbers versus Helping the Worst-Off: An Alternative to the Prevalent Approach to the Just Distribution of Resources," Utilitas (September, 2008), 356-382
"Forever -- Or  Not," Wilson Quarterly (Winter, 2006), 58-61
"Canada's Upside-Down World of Public-Sector Ethics," International Public Management Journal (Fall, 2005), 187-208. Republished in Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 14, edited by Denis Saint-Martin and Fred Thompson (Elsevier, 2006).
"For Richer and for Poorer, But not in Sickness and in Health: What to Do About Private Health Insurance in America," Dissent (Fall, 2005), 47-53
"What's Natural? (Touring the Boundary of Medical Necessity)," Wilson Quarterly (Spring, 2003), 52-62
"Getting the Health Care Debate Right," The Public Interest (Spring, 2003), 75-86
"The Double Irony of Health Insurance Regulation in America," Society (July/August 2003), 28-34
"Why Political Scientists Aren't Public Intellectuals," PS: Political Science and Politics (September, 2002). Response by Heinz Eulau, PS: Political Science and Politics (December, 2002)
"Beyond Choice: Re-thinking the Post-Rawlsian Debate Over Egalitarian Justice," Political Theory (February, 2002), pp. 36-67
"What Is The New Public Management?" (review-essay) Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (January, 2002), 137-151
"Pizza Hut, Domino's and the Public Schools: Making Sense of Commercialization," Policy Review: A Publication of the Hoover Institution, August and September, 2001, pp. 59-72
"Moving the Baseline: The Contradiction at the Core of Constitutional Discourse Over State Aid to Parochial Schools," William and Mary Law Review (April, 2001), 1437-1506
"What's Wrong with Private Funding for Public Schools?" Dissent (Winter, 2001), 43-49
"Morality Plays in American Politics," The American Scholar (Winter, 2000), 65-73
"Arresting Developments: When Police Power Goes Private," The American Prospect (January-February, 1999), pp. 41-48
"America, the Gated?" Wilson Quarterly (Winter, 1998), pp. 58-79
"Limousine Liberals, Welfare Conservatives: On Belief, Interest and Inconsistency in Democratic Discourse," Political Theory (August, 1997), lead article, pp. 475-501
"Don't Change the Subject: Interpreting American Public Discourse Over Quid Pro Quo," Business Ethics Quarterly (July, 1997), pp. 93-116
"Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What's Wrong with Private Gain from Public Office?" American Political Science Review (March, 1997), pp. 108-120
"What is a Balanced Committee? Democratic Theory, Public Law, and the Question of Fair Representation on Quasi-Legislative Bodies," NOMOS (Yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy) 39, Ethnicity and Group Rights, edited by Ian Shapiro and Will Kymlicka (1997), pp. 477-518
"Legislators with Interests: Better Advocates but Worse Judges?" Public Integrity Annual (1997), pp. 53-57
"The Appearance of Official Impropriety and the Concept of Political Crime," Ethics (January, 1995), pp. 326-351
"What's the Matter With Business Ethics?," Harvard Business Review (May/June 1993), pp. 38-48.
Republished in Thomas Donaldson and Thomas Dunfee, eds., Ethics in Business and Economics, vol. 2, Managerial Decision Making (London: Ashgate, 1997). 
Subject of “Management Focus: How to be ethical, and still come top,” The Economist, June 5, 1993
"Andrew Stark Responds," Harvard Business Review (November/December 1993), pp. 198-203.
"A Response to a Rejoinder," Society for Business Ethics Newsletter (November 1993), pp. 12-15.
"Strange Bedfellows: Two Paradoxes in Constitutional Discourse Over Campaign Finance Reform," Cardozo Law Review (April 1993), pp. 1343-1390
"Corporate Electoral Activity, Constitutional Discourse, and Conceptions of the Individual," American Political Science Review (September 1992), pp. 626-637
"Public-Sector Conflict-of-Interest in Canada and the United States: Differences in Understanding and Approach," Public Administration Review (September/October 1992), pp. 427-437
"Political-Discourse' Analysis and the Debate Over Canada's Lobbying Legislation," Canadian Journal of Political Science (September 1992), pp. 513-534