- 1. Much of Gerry Stoker's intitial work focused on local government and urban politics. Key publications include Remaking Planning, 1989 ( with Tim Brindley and Yvonne Rydin and the single-authored The Politics of Local Government (1988) and Transforming Local Governance (2004)
- 2. A broader focus on the concept and practice of governance is reflected in various article widely cited articles and co-authored books published including Towards Holistic Governance(2002), Governance Theory and Practice(2009) and Nuclear Power and Enery Policy. The Limits to Governance(2015)
- 3. Contributions to debates about how to conduct political science are reflected in four editions of the edited volume (with David Marsh) Theory and Methods in Political Science (1995,2002,2010,2018) and a co-edited book The Relevance of Political Science. Articles on developing a design arm or solution-orientation to political sciencehave also been written
- 4. A further interest developed with Peter John and others has been in the connection between civic action,behaviuor change and the potential of so-called "nudge" strategies. Work was conducted using field experiments. The key publication here is Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think. Experimenting with Ways to Change Civic Behaviour(2011/19).
- 5. My most current research interest is captured by a concern with the dismal state of politics in many democracies and what can be done about it. The key themes are set out in my book Why Politics Matters (2006/2017) and have driven much of my research for over a decade. Multiple articles have been published and so far two co-authored books The Good Politican (2018) and Saving Democracy(2022)
Stoker Activating the 'Big Society': Developing evidence on the underlying conditions for individual and community co-production
Sponsor: Arts & Humanities Research Council
Sponsor: University of Canberra