1995 …2021

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Patrick Dunleavy is one of the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis’s Centenary Professors. He is currently Professor in Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, Chair of the LSE Public Policy Group and Director of the UK Democratic Audit.

He reinforces 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. He is the General Editor of the blog, British Politics and Policy at LSE, which is one of the highest-ranked and most read university blogs in the UK.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Politics of High Rise Housing in Britain, 1945-75, University of Oxford


Award Date: 1 May 1978

External positions

Profesor of Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Oct 1978 → …


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