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Professor Gerry Stoker

Professor Gerry Stoker

Chair in Governance

Research interests

  • 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

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Gerry Stoker now works part-time at the University of Southampton where he is Chair of Governance. His current  research interests are in democractic renewal, governance failings and responses to them, place-based politics, nudge and behaviour change and understanding the role of trust in political institutions. His work is widely cited and has been translated into multiple languages.

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