Professor Patrick DunleavyCentenary Professor of Governance


Address: Building 24 University of Canberra


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Digital era governance; government productivity; bureaucracy and public management; theory of the state; state policy-making; political power; public choice theory; and electoral analysis, especially electoral systems


Patrick Dunleavy has just been appointed as the Institute’s latest Centenary Professor. He is currently Professor in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Director of the LSE Public Policy Group.

He will reinforce the Institute’s research strengths in four main areas. Firstly, the development of public sector IT systems and other large-scale modern public policy systems and future trends in public management. His book 'Digital Era Governance' (2006) claims that a new paradigm of management focusing on three themes of recentralization, holism and digitalization has replaced the previously dominant 'new public management'. His work with LSE Public Policy Group includes detailed analyses of public sector productivity, citizen redress, policy evaluation, e-government and other related topics, mainly in UK central government but with some local and international experience. Secondly, he is the publisher of path breaking work on theories of bureaucracy and related aspects of public administration and public management. For his work in this area see his seminal book Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice. Thirdly, he is also well known in the UK for electoral analysis and party politics, especially relating to the new concept of 'competition space'. His current work compares proportional representation systems in the UK, India and USA and critiques Duverger's Law. And, fourthly, he has also made a significant contribution to modern political theory relating to liberal democratic governance. For his work in this area see his book with John Dryzek, ‘Theories of the Liberal Democratic State’.

Patrick became a (founding) member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 1999 and was awarded a Political Studies Association (PSA) Special Recognition Award in 2012 and the ‘Political Scientists Making a Difference Award’ in 2013. Patrick set up LSE blogs which won the 2012 Times Higher Education award for delivering powerful social science. On 25 January 2012, the LSE Public Policy Group under Dunleavy was jointly named the world's fourth-best university think tank in a global survey. The rankings, in the annual report of the Think Tank and Civic Society Program of the University of Pennsylvania, compared more than 5,300 think tanks from 120 countries. His blog, British Politics and Policy at LSE, is the highest-ranked university blog in the UK and the second-most read economics blog in the country


Selected Publications

  • Dunleavy, P. and Tinkler, J. (Forthcoming), Improving the Impacts of University Research, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan 

  • Dunleavy, P. (2016), ‘“Big data” and policy learning’. In Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) Evidence-Based Policymaking in the Social Science: Methods that Matter, Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 143-67.

  • Dunleavy, P. (2015), “Public Sector Productivity: Puzzles, conundrums, dilemmas and their solutions”. In John Wanna (ed), Managing Under Austerity, Delivering Under Pressure, Canberra; ANU Press, pp. 25-42.

  • Dunleavy, P. (2014), “Neither the T index nor the D2 score measure ‘two-partyness’: A comment on Gains and Taagepera’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 24, 3, pp. 362-385

  • Bastow, S., Dunleavy, P. and Tinkler, J. (2014), The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and their Research Make a Difference, London, SAGE

  • Margetts, H. & Dunleavy, P. (2013), "The second wave of digital-era governance: a quasi-paradigm for government on the Web", Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society A: mathematical, physical and engineering sciences, 371, 1987. 
  • Dunleavy, P. (2013), "Growing the productivity of government services" Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. 
  • Bastow, S., Dunleav, P. and Tinkler, J. (2013) The impact of the social sciences: how academics and their research make a difference, Sage Publications, London, UK.
  • Dunleav, P. (2010), "The future of joined-up public services 2020 Public Services Trust and ESRC", London, UK.
  • Dunleav, P. (2010), "New worlds in political science", Political Studies, 58, 1, pp. 239-265.


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