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)
Dr. Spada research explores the diffusion and impact of governance and social innovations aimed at deepening democracy in Public Administration, Parties and Organizations (Democratic Innovations). Combining large surveys, field experiments, quantitative and qualitative analysis in a comparative perspective, he has examined cases ranging from Brazil, the United States, Cameroon, Iceland, Canada, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the Czech Republic.