Michael S. Dukakis

Areas of Study

Public Policy; Health Policy and Reform; State, Local, and Federal Government; Public Management

Selected Publications

  • Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results; M.E. Sharpe, 2010 (with John Portz)
  • How to Get into Politics-and Why: A Reader. Boston, MA: Great Source Education Group, 2000 (with Paul Simon)
  • “The Governors and Health Policymaking” in Hackney and Rochefort, The New Politics of State Health Policy (2001)
  • “The Problem is Not the Phone Calls: It’s the Special Interest Money.” Journal of Legislation 24:2 (1998)
  • “A Governor Looks at Purchase of Service” in Margaret Gibelman and Harold W. Demone, Jr., Private Solutions to Public Problems. Springer Publishing Company, 1996
  • “Improving the Electoral Process: A Summary of Issues and Some Recommended Proposals” in Improving the Electoral Process, National Conference on Improving the Electoral Process, Northeastern University,1995
  • “Health Care Reform: Blueprints for Progress from the States.” Compensation and Benefits Management 9:2 (Spring 1993)
  • “Learning from the Aloha State.” Journal of American Health Policy 2:1 (1992)
  • “The States and Health Care Reform.” New England Journal of Medicine (8 October 1992)

Selected Professional Activities

  • Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988
  • Governor of Massachusetts, 1975-1979, 1983-1991
  • Voted Most Effective Governor in U.S., National Governor’s Association, 1986
  • Vice-Chair, Amtrak Reform Board, 1998-2003.
  • Visiting Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Board Member, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
  • Board Member, The Free for All Fund
  • Board Member, The New England Center for Children

Recent and Current Courses Taught


  • POLS 3307 Public Policy and Administration


  • POLS 7305 Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
  • POLS 7321 Health Policy and Politics