Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations

Gerry Stoker

Primary position:
Professor of Governance & Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance

Background

The University of Southampton

Gerry Stoker is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK. He was previously professor at both 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 was the founding chair of the New Local Government Network that was the 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 UK government and is also an expert advisor to the Council of Europe on local government and participation issues. More broadly he has, over the past five years, received invitations to speak at conferences on governance issues aimed at practitioners and policymakers as well as academics from the USA, Japan, China, Italy, Korea Norway, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Australia. In particular, he was a keynote speaker at the United Nation's 6th Reinventing Government Global Forum, Korea in 2005. In 2004, he won the Political Studies Association Award for 'making a difference' in recognition of the impact of his work on governance issues.

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"My main research interests are in urban politics, democratic politics, governance, local and regional governance, public participation and public service reform."

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Publications

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Article

Baker, Keith and Stoker, Gerry (2012) Metagovernance and nuclear power in Europe. Journal of European Public Policy, 19, (7), 1026-1051. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2011.652900).
Stoker, Gerry (2010) Exploring the promise of experimentation in political science: micro-foundational insights and policy relevance. [in special issue: Dialogue and Innovation in Contemporary Political Science] Political Studies, 58, (2), 300-319. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.2009.00812.x).
Stoker, Gerry (2010) Translating experiments into policy. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science , 628, (1), 47-58. (doi:10.1177/0002716209351506).
Hay, Colin and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Revitalising politics: have we lost the plot? Representation, 45, (3), 225-236. (doi:10.1080/00344890903129681).
Hay, Colin and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Preface and postscript. Representation, 45, (3), 223-224. (doi:10.1080/00344890903129384 ).
John, Peter, Smith, Graham and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Nudge nudge, think think: two strategies for changing civic behaviour. Political Quarterly, 80, (3), 361-370. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02001.x).
Gains, Francesca and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Delivering ‘public value’: implications for accountability and legitimacy. Parliamentary Affairs, 62, (3), 438-455. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsp007 ).
Gains, Francesca, John, Peter and Stoker, Gerry (2008) When do bureaucrats prefer strong political principals? institutional reform and bureaucratic preferences in english local government. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 10, 649-665. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-856X.2008.00339.x).
Greasley, Stephen and Stoker, Gerry (2008) Mayors and urban governance: developing a facilitative leadership style? Public Administration Review, 68, (4), 722-730. (doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2008.00910.x ).
Stoker, Gerry (2006) Politics in mass democracies: destined to disappoint? Representation, 42, (3), 181-194. (doi:10.1080/00344890600844723).
Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Local political participation: the impact of rules-in-use’. Public Administration, 84, (3), 539-561. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2006.00601.x).
Lowndes, V., Pratchett, L. and Stoker, G. (2006) Local political participation: the impact of rules-in-use. Public Administration, 84, (3), 539-561. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2006.00601.x).
Stoker, Gerry, John, Peter and Brannan, Tessa (2006) Active citizenship and effective public services and programmes: how can we know what really works? Urban Studies, 43, (5 & 6), 993-1008. (doi:10.1080/00420980600676626).
Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework. Social Policy and Society, 5, (2), 281-291. (doi:10.1017/S1474746405002988).
Hill, Robert and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Global change, local response. Renewal, 14, (2), 19-28.
Stoker, Gerry (2006) Public value management: a new narrative for networked governance? American Review of Public Administration, 36, (1), 41-57. (doi:10.1177/0275074005282583).
Stoker, Gerry (2006) Public value management: a new narrative for networked governance? American Review of Public Administration, 36, (1), 41-47. (doi:10.1177/0275074005282583).
Gians, Francesca, John, Peter and Stoker, Gerry (2005) Path dependency and the reform of English local government. Public Administration, 83, (1), 25-48. (doi:10.1111/j.0033-3298.2005.00436.x).
Stoker, Gerry, Gains, Francesca, Greasley, Stephen and John, Peter (2005) Measuring the outcomes and impacts of the new council constitutions: developing an evaluation framework. Evaluating Local Governance: New Constitutions and Ethics, Research Papers, 1-22.
Smith, Graham, Maloney, William and Stoker, Gerry (2004) Building social capital in city politics: scope and limitations at the inter-organisational level. Political Studies, 52, (3), 508-530. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.2004.00493.x).
Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2001) Trends in public participation: part 2 – citizens' perspectives. Public Administration, 79, (2), 445-455. (doi:10.1111/1467-9299.00264).
Mossberger, Karen and Stoker, Gerry (2001) The evolution of urban regime theory: the challenge of conceptualization. Urban Affairs Review, 36, (6), 810-835. (doi:10.1177/10780870122185109).
Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2001) Trends in public participation: part 1 – local government perspectives. Public Administration, 79, (1), 205-222. (doi:10.1111/1467-9299.00253).
Stoker, G., Maloney, W. and Smith, G. (2000) Social capital and urban governance: adding a more contextualized `top-down' perspective. Political Studies, 48, (4), 802-820. (doi:10.1111/1467-9248.00284).
Stoker, G. (1998) Governance as theory: five propositions. International Social Science Journal, 50, (155), 17-28. (doi:10.1111/1468-2451.00106).
Stoker, G. (1997) Inner-city policy in Britain. Urban Affairs Review, 32, (3), 378-402. (doi:10.1177/107808749703200304).
Stoker, G. (1997) Hearing but not listening: the local government review process. Public Administration, 75, (1), 35-48. (doi:10.1111/1467-9299.00045).
Stoker, G. and Leach, S. (1997) Understanding the local government review: a retrospective analysis. Public Administration, 75, (1), 1-20. (doi:10.1111/1467-9299.00043).
Stoker, Gerry (1996) Knowing you, knowing me: revitalising local representative democracy. DEMOS Quarterly, 9, 47-51.
Stoker, G. (1996) The struggle to reform local government 1975-1995. Public Money and Management, 16, (1), 17-22.
Stoker, G. (1995) Intergovernmental relations. Public Administration, 73, (1), 101-122. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.1995.tb00819.x).
Stoker, G. and Mossberger, K. (1994) Urban regime theory in comparative perspective. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 12, (2), 195-212. (doi:10.1068/c120195).
Stoker, G. and Orr, M. (1994) Urban regimes and leadership in Detroit. Urban Affairs Quarterly, 30, (1), 48-73.
Stoker, Gerry (1993) Local government reorganisation: a garbage can process. Local Government Policy Making, 19, (4), 51-61.
Stoker, Gerry and Wolman, Harold (1992) Drawing lessons from US experience: an elected mayor for Britain's local government. Public Administration, 70, (2), 241-268. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.1992.tb00937.x).
Lowndes, Vivien and Stoker, Gerry (1992) An evaluation of neighbourhood decentralisation. Part 1: customer and citizen perspectives. Policy and Politics, 20, (1), 47-62. (doi:10.1332/030557392782454097).
Wolman, H. and Stoker, G. (1992) Understanding local economic development in a comparative context. Economic Development Quarterly, 6, (4), 406-417. (doi:10.1177/089124249200600407).
Lowndes, Vivien and Stoker, Gerry (1992) An evaluation of neighbourhood decentralisation. Part 2: staff and councillor perspectives. Policy and Politics, 20, (2), 143-152. (doi:10.1332/030557392783054838).
Stoker, Gerry, Baine, Sean, Carlyle, Susan, Charters, Steve and Du Sautoy, Tony (1991) Reflections on neighbourhood decentralization in Tower Hamlets. Public Administration, 69, (3), 373-384. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.1991.tb00800.x).
Stoker, G. and Wilson, D. (1991) The lost world of British local pressure groups. Public Administration and Policy, 6, (2), 20-34.
Mawson, J., Stoker, Gerry and Britton, J.N.H. (1989) Policy Review Section. Regional Studies, 23, (2), 159-173. (doi:10.1080/00343408912331345382).
Brindley, T. and Stoker, G. (1988) Housing renewal policy in the 1980s: the scope and limitations of privatisation. Local Government Studies, 14, (3), 45-67.
Stoker, Gerry (1988) Partnership in inner city urban renewal – a critical analysis. Local Government Policy Making, 15, (2)
Stoker, G. (1987) Decentralisation and the restructuring of local government in Britain. Local Government Policy Making, 14, (2), 1-10.
Stoker, Gerry (1987) Decentralization & local government. Social Policy and Administration, 21, (2), 157-170. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.1987.tb00271.x).
Beuret, Kristine and Stoker, Gerry (1986) Decentralisation and the Labour Party. Critical Social Policy, 6, (17), 4-22. (doi:10.1177/026101838600601701).
Stoker, Gerry and Wilson, David (1986) The intra-organisational politics of local authorities. Public Administration, 64, (3), 285-302. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.1986.tb00623.x).
Stoker, G. and Brindley, T. (1986) Housing clearance and redevelopment: a research agenda. Property Management, 4, (2), 14-31.
Stoker, Gerry and Brindley, Tim (1985) Asian politics and housing renewal. Policy & Politics, 13, (3), 281-304. (doi:10.1332/030557385782595972).

Book

Stoker, Gerry, Mason, Andrew, McGrew, Anthony, Armstrong, Chris, Owen, David, Smith, Graham, Banya, Momoh, McGhee, Derek and Saunders, Clare (2011) Prospects for citizenship, London, GB, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 208pp.
John, Peter, Cotterill, Sarah , Moseley, Alice, Richardson, Liz , Smith, Graham, Stoker, Gerry and Wales, Corinne (2011) Nudge, nudge, think, think: using experiments to change civic behaviour, London, GB, Bloomsbury Academic, 208pp.
Marsh, David and Stoker, Gerry (2010) Theory and methods in political science: 3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 408pp. (Political Analysis).
Chhotray, Vasudha and Stoker, Gerry (2008) Governance Theory and Practice: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, New York, US, Palgrave Macmillan, 256pp.
Pierre, Jon, Peters, B.Guy and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (2008) Debating institutionalism, Manchester, GB, Manchester University Press, 256pp.
Brannan, Tessa, John, Peter and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Re-energizing citizenship: strategies for civil renewal, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 232pp.
Stoker, Gerry (2006) Why politics matters: making democracy work, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 248pp.
Stoker, Gerry (2006) Why politics matters. Making democracy work , Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 248pp.
Stoker, Gerry and Wilson, Stoker (eds.) (2004) British local government into the 21st century, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 320pp.
Stoker, Gerry (2003) Transforming local governance: from Thatcherism to New Labour , Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 272pp.
Corry, D. and Stoker, G. (2002) New localism: refashioning the centre-local relationship, London, UK, The New Local Government Network (NLGN)
Marsh, David and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (2002) Theories and methods in political science. 2nd edition, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave, 384pp.
Leat, Diana, Setzler, Kimberley and Stoker, Gerry (2002) Towards holistic governance: the new reform agenda, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave, 288pp.
Stoker, G. (2000) The New Politics of British Local Governance, London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 320pp.
Miller, W.L., Dickson, M. and Stoker, G. (2000) Models of local governance: political theory and public opinion in Britain, London, UK, Palgrave / Macmillan Press, 270pp.
Stoker, Gerry (1999) The new management of British local governance, London, UK, Macmillan
6, Perri, Leat, Diana, Seltzer, Kimberly and Stoker, Gerry (1999) Governing in the Round. Strategies for Holistic Government, London, UK, Demos, 96pp.
Stoker, G. and Travers, T. (1999) Barcelona: lessons from its mayor-council model, London, UK, Deloitte & Touche
Lowndes, Vivian, Pratchett, L. and Stoker, Gerry (1998) Enhancing public participation in local government, London, UK, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Lowndes, Vivian, Pratchett, L. and Stoker, Gerry (1998) Modern local government guidance on enhancing public participation , London, UK, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 43pp.
Filkin, Geoffrey, Bassam, S., Corrigan, P., Stoker, Gerry and Tizzard, J. Joseph Rowntree Foundation (1998) Starting to Modernise. The Change Agenda for Local Government , London, UK, New Local Government Network
Stoker, G. and Travers, T. (1998) A tale of two cities. The government of New York: lessons for London, London, UK, Association of London Government
Stoker, Gerry (1998) Democratic renewal: issues for local government, London, UK, Local Management Board
Lorrain, D. and Stoker, G. (eds.) (1997) The privatisation of urban services in Europe, London, UK, Routledge, 229pp. (Social Change in Western Europe Series).
Marsh, David and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1997) Teoría y métodos de la ciencia política , Madrid, Spain, Alianza, 344pp.
Brindley, Tim, Rydin, Yvonne and Stoker, Gerry (1996) Remaking planning: the politics of urban change, London, UK, Routledge
Stoker, G., Hogwood, B., Bullman, U., Osei, P. and Cairney, P. (1996) Regionalism, Luton, UK, Local Government Management Board
Marsh, D. and Stoker, G. (1995) Theory and methods in political science, London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 326pp.
Judge, D., Stoker, G. and Wolman, H. (1995) Theories of urban politics , London, Sage, 320pp.
Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1995) Local government in the 1990s, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 288pp. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Lorrain, Dominique and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1995) La privatisation des services urbains en Europe, Paris, France, La Découvert, 218pp.
Wilson, David J., Game, Chris, Leach, Steve and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1994) Local Government in the United Kingdom, London, UK, Macmillan, 400pp.
Lowndes, V. and Stoker, G. (1994) The art of political judgement: an appreciation, Luton, UK, Local Government Management Board
Stoker, Gerry and Young, Stephen C. (1993) Cities in the 1990s: local choice for a balanced strategy , Harlow, UK, Longman, 216pp.
Stoker, G. (1993) The future of professionalism in local government , Luton, UK, Local Government Management Board, 55pp. (The Belgrave papers).
Brindley, T., Rydin, Y. and Stoker, G. (1992) Remaking planning: the politics of urban change in the Thatcher years, London, UK, Routledge, 240pp.
Orr, Marion and Stoker, Gerry (1992) Urban leadership and regimes in Detroit, Detroit, USA, Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University
Stoker, G. (1992) Running the community. Unit 21. D212 Running the country, Milton Keynes, UK, Open University
Bledsoe, T. and Stoker, G. (1992) Citizen's Knowledge of Local Government in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, Detroit, USA, Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University
Stoker, Gerry (1991) The politics of local government. 2nd edition, London, UK, Macmillan, 320pp.
Stoker, G. and Wolman, H. (1991) A Different way of doing business: the example of the US Mayor, Luton, UK, Local Government Management Board, 34pp.
Stoker, Gerry and Lowndes, Viviene Local Government Management Board (1991) Tower Hamlets and decentralisation: the experience of Globe Town neighbourhood, Luton, UK, Local Government Management Board, 44pp.
Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1989) The future of local government, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 272pp. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Stoker, G. (1989) New management trends, Luton, UK, Local Government Training Board
Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) (1988) From Local Administration to Community Government , London, UK, Fabian Society, 32pp. (Fabian Research Series 351).
Stoker, Gerry (1988) The politics of local government, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 304pp. (Public Policy & Politics).
Stoker, Gerry, Oppenheim, Felix Wedgewood and Davies, Emily Mary (eds.) (1988) The challenge of change in local government: a survey of organisational and management innovation in the 1980s, Birmingham, GB, Institute of Local Government Studies, 81pp.

Book Section

Stoker, G (2010) The rise of political disenchantment. In, Hay, Colin (ed.) New directions in political science: responding to the challenges of an interdependent world. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 43-63.
Stoker, Gerry (2009) Let citizens without sin cast the first stone: judging the moral failings of Blair and politics. In, Scott, Peter Manley, Baker, Christopher and Graham, Elaine (eds.) Remoralizing Britain? , Continuum. (Continuum Resources in Religion and Political Culture , 4).
John, Peter, Stoker, Gerry and Brannan, Tessa (2007) Re-energizing citizenship: what, why and how? In, Brannan, Tessa, John, Peter and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) Re-energizing citizenship. Strategies for civil renewal. Basingstoke, UK; New York, USA, Palgrave Macmillan, 8-25.
Stoker, G. (2006) Comparative local governance. In, Rhodes, R.A.W., Binder, Sarah A. and Brockman, Bert A. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 495-513.
Stoker, Gerry (2005) Joined-up government for local and regional institutions. In, Bogdanor, Vernon (ed.) Joined-Up Government. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 156-175. (British Academy occasional paper 5).
Stoker, Gerry (2004) New localism, progressive politics and democracy. In, Gamble, Andrew and Wright, Tony (eds.) Restating the State? Oxford, UK, Blackwell, 117-130.
Stoker, G. (2004) Conclusions: new ways of being local government. In, Stoker, Gerry and Wilson, David (eds.) British Local Government into the 21st Century. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 247-263.
Maloney, William A., Smith, Graham and Stoker, Gerry (2001) Social capital and associational life. In, Baron, Stephen, Field, John and Schuller, Tom (eds.) Social Capital: Critical Perspectives. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 212-225.
Maloney, William, Smith, Graham and Stoker, Gerry (2001) Social capital and the city. In, Edwards, Bob, Foley, Michael W. and Diani, Mario (eds.) Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective. Hanover, USA, Tufts University Press, 83-98.
Pierre, J. and Stoker, G. (2000) Towards multi-level governance. In, Dunleavy, P., Gamble, A., Holliday, I. and Peele, G. (eds.) Developments in British Politics 6. UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 29-44.
Stoker, G. (2000) From new management to new labour: tensions and hopes in the reform of British local government. In, Amna, E. and Montin, S. (eds.) Towards a New Concept of local self-government? Bergen, Norway, Fagbokforaget.
Stoker, G. (2000) Urban Political Science and the Challenge of Urban Governance. In, Pierre, J. (ed.) Debating Governance: Authority, Steering, and Democracy. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press.
Stoker, G. (2000) Introduction. In, Stoker, G. (ed.) The New Politics of British Local Government. London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-10.
Stoker, Gerry (1999) Introduction. The unintended costs and benefits of new management reform for British local government. In, Rhodes, R. and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) The New Management of British Local Governance. Gasingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-21. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Stoker, G. (1998) Quangos and local democracy. In, Flinders, Martin V. and Smith, Martin J. (eds.) Quangos, Accountability and Reform: The Politics of Quasi-Government. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 49-54.
Stoker, Gerry (1998) Public-private partnerships and urban governance. In, Pierre, Jon (ed.) Partnerships in Urban Governance: European and American Experience. London, UK, Macmillan, 34-51.
Stoker, G. (1997) Local government in Britain after Thatcher. In, Erik Lane, J. (ed.) Public Sector Reform: Rationale, Trends and Problems. London, UK, Sage, 225-234.
Stoker, G. (1997) The new forms of local governance. In, Chisholm, M., Hale, R. and Thomas, D. (eds.) A Fresh Start for Local Government. London, UK, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting.
Stoker, Gerry (1997) Privatisation of urban services in Britain. In, Lorrain, Dominique and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) Privatisation of Urban Services in Europe. London, UK, Routledge, 58-79. (Social Change in Western Europe Series).
Stoker, Gerry (1997) Conclusions. In, Lorrain, D. and Stoker, G. (eds.) Privatisation of Urban Services in Europe. UK, Routledge, 204-213. (Social Change in Western Europe Series).
Stoker, Gerry (1997) The economic and social research council local governance programme: an overview. In, Carré, Jacques and Body-Gendrot, Sophie (eds.) Gouvernance locale, pauvreté et exclusion dans les villes anglo-saxonnes. Paris, France, Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne. (Frontières 9).
Stoker, G., Joseph Rowntree Foundation (1997) Local political participation. In, Davis, H., Skelcher, C. and Clarke, M. (eds.) New Perspectives on Local Governance. York, UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Stoker, G. (1996) Redefining local democracy. In, Pratchett, Lawrence and Wilson, David (eds.) Local Democracy and Local Government. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 188-210. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Stoker, Gerry (1996) Introduction. In, King, Desmond S. and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) Rethinking Local Democracy. Basingstoke, UK, Macmillan.
Stoker, Gerry (1995) Regime theory and urban politics. In, Judge, David, Stoker, Gerry and Wolman, Hal (eds.) Theories of Urban Politics. USA, Sage.
Stoker, Gerry and Marsh, David (1995) Introduction. In, Marsh, David and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) Theory and Methods in Political Science. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan. (Political Analysis).
Stoker, G. (1995) The comparative study of urban regimes. In, Pierre, J. (ed.) Urban and Regional Policy. UK, Edward Elgar. (International Library of Comparative Public Policy).
Stoker, Gerry (1995) Years of local government restructuring: an evaluation. In, Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) Local Government in the 1990s. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 191-209. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Mossberger, K. and Stoker, G. (1995) Post-fordist local state: the dynamics of its development. In, Stewart, J. and Stoker, G. (eds.) Local Government in the 1990s. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 210-227.
Stoker, Gerry, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (1995) The European Union, local government and the regions. In, Taylor, Alan (ed.) The Renaissance of Local Government: an Overview. London, UK, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.
Stoker, Gerry (1994) Government beyond whitehall. In, Allan, Philip and Benyon, John (eds.) Focus on Britain 1994: A Review of 1993. Oxford, UK, Philip Allan.
Stoker, Gerry (1992) Local government. In, Francis, Terry and Jackson, Peter (eds.) Public Domain Yearbook 1992. London, UK, Chapman and Hall.
Stoker, G. (1991) Introduction: trends in Western European local government. In, Batley, R. and Stoker, G. (eds.) Local Government in Europe: Trends and Developments. UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-20. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Stoker, G. (1991) Regulation theory, local government and the transition from Fordism. In, King, D.D. and Pierre, J. (eds.) Challenges to Local Government. London, UK, Sage, 242-265.
Stewart, J. and Stoker, G. (1990) The free local government experiments and the programme of public service reform in Scandinavia. In, Crouch, C. and Marquand, D. (eds.) The New Centralism? Britain Out of Step in Europe? Oxford, UK, Blackwell, 125-142.
Stoker, G., Public Finance Foundation (1990) Local government. In, Jackson, P.M. and Terry, Francis (eds.) Public Domain Yearbook 1990. London, UK, Public Finance Foundation with Peat, Marwick and McLintock, 49-59.
Stoker, G. (1990) Government beyond Whitehall. In, Dunleavy, P., Gamble, A. and Peele, G. (eds.) Developments in British Politics 3. Basingstoke, UK, Macmillan, 126-149.
Stoker, G. (1989) Restructuring local government for a post-Fordist society: the Thatcherite project? In, Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) The Future of Local Government. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 141-171. (Government Beyond the Centre).
Stoker, G. and Benington, J. (1989) Local government in the firing line. In, Buchan, N. and Sumner, T. (eds.) Glasnost in Britain? London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 114-125.
Stoker, G. (1989) Inner cities economic development and social services. In, Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) The Future of Local Government. Basingstoke, UK, Macmillan, 123-141.
Stewart, J. and Stoker, G. (1989) Introduction. In, Stewart, John and Stoker, Gerry (eds.) The Future of Local Government. Basingstoke, UK, Macmillan, 1-9.
Leach, S. and Stoker, G. (1988) The transformation of central-local relationships. In, Graham, Cosmo and Prosser, Tony (eds.) Waiving the Rules. Milton Keynes, UK; Philadelphia, USA, Open University Press.
Brindley, T. and Stoker, G. (1987) The politics of land-use planning. In, Robins, L. (ed.) Politics and Policy-Making in Britain. London, UK, Longman. (Contemporary Politics Series).
Brindley, T. and Stoker, G. (1987) The privatization of housing renewal. In, van Vliet, W. (ed.) Housing Markets and Policies under Fiscal Austerity. New York, USA, Greenwood Press. (Contributions in Sociology 62). (doi:10.1336/0313254095).

Conference or Workshop Item

Baker, Keith and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Meta-governance and the UK nuclear industry: a limiting case. In, European Consortium for Political Research, 5th General Conference., Berlin, DE, 10 - 12 Sep 2009. , 1.
Moseley, Alice, Smith, Graham and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Encouraging organ donor registration: testing the impact of ‘nudge’ and ‘think’ strategies. In, 4th Annual Conference on Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences, York, UK, Sep 2009.

Monograph

Pratchett, Lawrence, Durose, Catherine, Lowndes, Vivien, Smith, Graham, Stoker, Gerry and Wales, Corinne (2009) Empowering communities to influence local decision making: systematic review of the evidence. London, GB, Department for Communities and Local Government.
Baker, Keith, Simpson, John and Stoker, Gerry (2008) The Nuclear Investors Conference: a SPRing working paper. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 26pp.
Stoker, Gerry, Gains, Francesca, Greasley, Stephen, John, Peter and Rao, Nirmala (2006) Councillors, officers and stakeholders in the new council constitutions: findings from the 2005 ELG sample survey. London, UK, Department for Communities and Local Government, 114pp.
Stoker, Gerry, Gains, Francesca, Greasley, Stephen and John, Peter (2006) Measuring outcomes and impacts: final evaluation framework. London, UK, Evaluating Local Governance: New Constitutions and Ethics, 49pp.
Stoker, Gerry (2004) How are mayors measuring up? London, UK, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 28pp.
Gains, Francesca, Greasley, Stephen and Stoker, Gerry (2004) A summary of research evidence on new council constitutions in local government. London, UK, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 24pp.
Stoker, Gerry, John, Peter, Gains, Francesca, Rao, Nirmala and Harding, Alan (2003) Diversity under new council constitutions. London, UK, Evaluating Local Governance: New Constitutions and Ethics, 19pp.
Stoker, Gerry, Gains, Francesca, John, Peter, Rao, Nirmala and Harding, Alan (2003) Implementing the 2000 Act with respect to new council constitutions and the ethical framework: first report. London, UK, Evaluating Local Governance: New Constitutions and Ethics, 96pp.
Stoker, Gerry, John, Peter, Gains, Francesca, Rao, Nirmala and Harding, Alan (2002) Report of ELG survey findings for ODPM advisory group. Manchester, UK, Department of Government, University of Manchester, 96pp.
Stoker, G. and Perri, G. (1997) Bringing it all together. A new model for London governance. London, UK, Association of London Government
Stoker, Gerry (1997) Choices in the design of London Government. London, UK, Association of London Government
Stoker, G., Hodge, H. and Leach, S. (1997) More than the flower show : elected mayors and democracy. London, UK, Fabian Society (Fabian Society Discussion Paper, (32) ).
Stoker, Gerry (1996) The reform of the institutiona of local representative democracy: is there a role for the Mayor-Council model? London, UK, Commission for Local Democracy (Research Paper, (18) ).
Stoker, Gerry (1995) Area committees in central region: the first years experience. Stirling, UK, Central Regional Council
Stoker, Gerry (1995) The local government review in West Sussex. Chichester, UK, West Sussex County Council
Stoker, Gerry (1995) Local government research review: part one and two. London, UK, Local and Central Government Relations Research Committee and Joseph Rowntree Found
Stoker, G. (1994) The role and purpose of local government. London, UK, Commission for Local Democracy (Research Report, (4) ).
 

Research

Research Interests

It is 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. In 1988 he published The Politics of Local Government and a co-authored book on Remaking Planning. The Politics of Urban Change in the Thatcher Years appeared a year later. There followed co-edited books dealing with several topics including Local Government in Europe (1991) and Theories of Urban Politics (1995) and Rethinking Local Democracy (1996) and The Privatization of Urban Services in Europe (1997). A co-authored book with Stephen Young – Cities in the 1990s-was published in 1993. 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 (1999) and The New Politics of Local Governance (2000). 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.

There are several broader academic themes that Professor Stoker has pursued and the most important of these is the issue of governance. In 1998 he published an article in UNESCO’s International Social Science Review under the title ‘Governance as theory: five propositions’. The article is very widely cited and seen as a seminal statement on the issue. In January 2004 Professor Stoker won a prestigious research award from the ESRC as a Professorial Fellow. The award will run until 31 December 2007 under the theme of ‘The Principles of Governance: Corporate and Political’ Together with Vasudha Chhotray Professor Stoker is preparing a major new book on governance theory and its application in a range of disciplines.

The work on governance has spilled out into a wider concern with public service reform. Professor Stoker has published work on joined-up governance including a jointly authored book on Towards Holistic Governance in 2002 and a range of articles on the Public Value Management as

A further theme of Professor Stoker’s work has been over the issue of citizen participation, social capital and civil renewal. This work has been conducted with several colleagues including Vivien Lowndes, William Maloney, Lawrence Pratchett and Graham Smith. This work has 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.

A broader concern about the state of politics in democracies developed into a single authored book- Why Politics Matters (2006). It provides evidence of intense disillusionment with the formal processes and practices of politics. The emphasis on individual choice and consumerism in our societies has created a challenging environment for the collective decision-making characteristic of politics. Other factors have also undermined people’s faith in and understanding of politics: its domination by professional activists that means that most citizens are manipulated spectators in the process rather than critical citizens ; the role of the mainstream media in promoting only surface understanding of issues and more generally supporting a culture of cynicism; and the impact of globalization and other forces that take decisions away from established political institutions to obscure locations and more broadly out of the grasp of most citizens. Restoring more capacity to our democratic politics will require more effective representative and direct democracy instruments for citizens who want to act as engaged amateurs rather than leave politics to professionalized specialists.

The question of how to engage citizens more effectively is a key area of research for Professor Stoker and colleagues. A book on Re-energizing Citizenship in 2007 addresses these issues. In several research papers by written by Professor Stoker and colleagues he advocate the use of experimental methods to test out what works in this area.

Professor Stoker has also published on broader approaches to the conduct of political science and is the co-editor of Theories and Methods in Political Science that first appeared in 1995 and its second edition in the autumn of 2002. Professor Stoker is a member of the editorial board of the two main UK political science journals: Political Studies and The British Journal of Politics& International Relations. He is the co-series editor for two Palgrave book series, one dealing with Government Beyond the Centre and the other dealing with Political Analysis.

Teaching Responsibilities

POLI 1002
PAR 6024

Contact

Professor Gerry Stoker
Politics & International Relations
Social Sciences
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/3099