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Professor Gerry StokerCentenary Professor of Governance

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Centre

Centre for Change Governance

Organisation

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Citizen-centric governance, governance, public policy, urban governance, democracy

CV/bio

Professor Gerry Stoker is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK and has recently joined ANZSIG as a Centenary Professor. He held previous professorial posts at Manchester and Strathclyde. Professor Stoker’s main research interests are in governance, democratic politics, local and regional governance, urban politics, public participation and public service reform. He has authored or edited over 20 books and published over 70 refereed articles or chapters in books. Professor Stoker was the founding Chair of the New Local Government Network which won the UK think tank of the year in 2004 and his most recent book ‘Why Politics Matters’ won the 2006 political book of the year award from the Political Studies Association of the UK. Professor Stoker has provided advice to various parts of the UK government and is also an expert advisor to the Council of Europe on local government and participation issues. In 2004, he won the Political Studies Association Award for ‘making a difference’ in recognition of the impact of his work on governance issues.

It was in the area of urban politics and local government studies that Professor Stoker first made his name and continues to be seen as a leading authority. He has been a prolific publisher in this area notably The Politics of Local Government, Local Government in Europe, Theories of Urban Politics and Rethinking Local Democracy. For five years (1992-7) Professor Stoker was Programme Director of a £2m research endeavour run for the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) under the title of the Local Governance Programme. Two edited books captured the main output of the programme The New Management of Local Governance and The New Politics of Local Governance. A single authored book Transforming Local Governance on the reforms undertaken by New Labour was published in early 2004 and later that year an edited book on British Local Government into the 21st Century emerged that analyzed New Labour’s reform in more detail. From April 2002 Professor Stoker has been heading up the major Government funded five-year evaluation of the new constitutional and standard arrangements introduced into local government in the UK by the 2000 Local Government Act (see www.elgnce.org.uk for research reports and publications). In more normative vein he has been a strong advocate of a new localism and a greater devolution in the approach to governance both in the UK and beyond.

A further theme of Professor Stoker’s work has been his interest with citizen participation, social capital and civil renewal. This work led to the development of a heuristic to help public authorities investigate their public participation strategies and identify how they might be improved. The Council of Europe has adopted this CLEAR framework and used it in a range of municipal settings throughout Europe. More recently, Gerry’s focus has been on understanding the changing nature of citizen participation in a range of country settings including Australia. Indeed, he will help meet the Institute’s aim of designing and analysing unique data sets on the qualities of Australian democracy and (where appropriate) processes of democratisation internationally.

publications

Selected Publications

  • Stoker, G., Li, J., Halupka, M. and Evans, M. (2017), 'Complacent Young Citizens or Cross Generational Solidarity? An Analysis of Australian Attitudes to Democratic Politics', Australian Journal of Political Science, 52, 2, pp. 218-235

  • Stoker, G. and Hay, C. (2017), ‘Understanding and Challenging Populist Negativity towards Politics: The Perspectives of British Citizens’, Political Studies, 65, 1, pp. 4-23

  • Clarke, N., Jennings, W. Moss, J. and Stoker, G. (2017), "Changing spaces of political encounter and the rise of anti-politics: Evidence from Mass Observation’s General Election diaries", Political Geography, 56, pp. 13-23
  • Evans, M. and Stoker, G. (2016), “Political participation in Australia: Contingency in the behaviour and attitudes of citizens”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 51, 2, pp. 272-287
  • Evans, M., Stoker, G. and Halupka, M. (2016), ‘A decade of decline: How Australians understand and imagine their democracy’. In Chris Aulich (ed) From Abbott to Turnbull. A New Direction? West Geelong: Echo Books 
  • Jennings, W., Stoker, G. and Twyman, J. (2016), “The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain”, Parliamentary Affairs,69, 4, 876-900  
  • Stoker, G., Hay, C. and Barr, M. (2016), “Fast Thinking: Implications for Democratic Politics”, European Journal of Political Research, 55, 1, pp. 3-21
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (eds). (2016), Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press
  • Stoker, G. (2016), Why Politics Matters (Second Edition) London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Connecting social science and policy’. In Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press, pp263-70
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Crafting Public policy; choosing the right social science method’. In Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press, pp 29-42
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Evidence-based policy making and social science’. In Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press, pp15-28
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Introduction’ in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press, pp1-14
  • S. Griffiths, H. Kippin and G. Stoker (eds) (2013), "Public Services: A New Reform Agenda", London: Bloomsbury Academic pp296 
  • John, P., S. Cotterill, A. Moseley, L. Richardson, G. Smith, G. Stoker & C. (2011), Wales. . Nudge, Nudge, Think Think: Experimenting with ways to change Civic Behaviour. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp208.
  • Stoker, G. et al (2011), "Prospects for Citizenship", London: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Marsh, D and Stoker, G. (ed) (2010), "Theory and Methods". In Political Science Edition 3 Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 392
  • Moseley, A. and Stoker, G. (2013), "Nudging Citizens? Prospects and Pitfalls Confronting a New Heuristic", Resources, Conservation & Recycling Online, DOI information: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2013.04.008
  • Stoker, G. (2013), "Designing Politics: A Neglected Justification for Political Science", Political Studies Review, 11, pp. 174–181, 
  • Baker. K. and Stoker, G. (2012), "Governance and Nuclear Power: Why Governing is Easier Said than Done", Political Studies, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00978.x , online
  • G. Stoker. (2012), "In Defence of Political Science", The Political Quarterly, Special Crick Issue, 83, 4, pp. 677-84
  • Baker, K. and Stoker, G. (2012), "Metagovernance and Nuclear Power in Europe", Journal of  European Public Policy, 19, 7, pp. 1026 –1051. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com /abstract=2117047
  • Stoker, G. (2011), "Was local governance such a good idea? A global comparative perspective", Public Administration, 89, 1, pp. 15-31 
  • Taylor-Gooby, P. and Stoker, G. (2011), "The Coalition Programme: A New Vision for Britain or Politics as Usual? ‘The Political Quarterly, 82, 1, pp. 4-15
  • Gains, F. and Stoker, G. (2011), "Special Advisers and the transmission of ideas from the policy primeval soup", Policy and Politics, 39, 4, pp. 485-98 
  • Baker, K., Stoker, G. and Simpson, J. (2011), "Assessing the Prospects for a Revival of Nuclear Power in Britain". Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMech E) Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 226, 3, pp. 338–350. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2117041
  • Stoker, G. (2013), "Building a new politics?". In P. Taylor-Gooby(ed) New Paradigms in Public Policy  Oxford: The British Academy/Oxford University Press, forthcoming 
  • Stoker, G. (2013), "How social science can contribute to public policy: the case for a ‘design arm’". In P. Taylor-Gooby(ed) New Paradigms in Public Policy  Oxford: The British Academy/Oxford University Press, forthcoming 
  • Stoker, G. and Moseley, A. (2013), "Motivation, Behaviour and the Microfoundations of Public Services". In S. Griffiths, H. Kippin and G. Stoker (eds)  Public Services: A New Reform Agenda London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Stoker, G. (2011) "Anti-Politics in Britain". In Heffernan, R et al  Developments in British Politics Nine Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Baker, K and Stoker, G. (2011). "Metagovernance and the UK Nuclear Industry: A Limiting Case". In Torfing, J and Triankafillou (ed) Interactive Policy Making, Metagovernance and Democracy Colchester: ECPR Press
  • Stoker, G. (2011), "Innovation in the Microfoundations of Governance:  Explaining the Flaws in the UK New Labour Government’s Reform of Public Services" A.-V. Anttiroiko et al. (Eds.) Innovations in Public Governance IOS Press
  • Stoker, G. (2010), "The rise of political disenchantment". In Hay, C edited  New Directions in Political Science, Palgrave Macmillan pp43-63 (to celebrate 60th anniversary of PSA)
  • Margetts, H. and Stoker, G. (2010), "The Experimental Method: Prospects for Laboratory and Field Studies". In Marsh, D and Stoker, G (2010) (ed) Theories and Methods of Political Science ( Third Edition) Palgrave Macmillan, pp308-324
  •  Peters, B.G., Pierre, J. and Stoker, G. (2010), "The Relevance of Political Science". In Marsh, D and Stoker, G (2010) (ed) Theories and Methods of Political Science (Third Edition) Palgrave Macmillan, pp325-41

Research Paper:

  • Evans, M., Stoker, G. & Halupka, M., (2014), The Power of One: Power, Powerlessness and Australian Democracy, (The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis) [Read Here]
Research Projects & Grants
PhD Supervision

Areas of Supervision:

  • Citizen-centric governance
  • Governance
  • Public policy
  • Urban governance
  • Democracy 

Involvement in PhD Supervisory Panels:

  • Sam Antero, "Evaluating the Participatory Potential of the Brazilian Active Ombudsman Model in the Federal Executive Branch: an implementation perspective" (Secondary Supervisor)
  • Ian Fitzgerald, "Assessing Levels of Trust and Confidence Four Westminster Governments Have in their Public Services: Importance, Enabling Factors and Improvement Strategies" (Secondary Supervisor)

 

 

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