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We conduct research across a wide variety of public policy and governance topics, theories and methodologies covering the whole span of the policy process from problem definition and agenda setting through policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. We use both quantitative and qualitative analysis and members have substantial experience in experimental methods to public policy.

Our members edit world-leading journals in the field: Claire Dunlop is Editor of Policy & Politics and Isabelle Engeli Editor-in-chief of The European Journal of Political Research and Founding Editor of The European Journal of Politics and Gender.

PPGG members are actively involved in the wider scholarly community.

  • Sarah Cooper is Chair of the CES Research Network in Gender and Sexuality Research
  • Claire Dunlop is Vice Chair of the Political Studies Association
  • Isabelle Engeli is Vice President of the International Public Policy Association
  • Duncan Russel is member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Environmental Politics
  • Sandra Kröger is the chair of the ECPR Research Network on Differentiated Integration
  • Since 2010, Exeter staff have acted as co-convenors of the Political Studies Association Public Policy and Administration Specialist Group (currently Stephen Greasley and previously Sarah Cooper, Alice Moseley, Claire Dunlop)
  • Alice Moseley is an Executive Officer of the Public Administration Committee (Joint University Council) and will become a Trustee of the new UKAPA (UK Association of Public Administration).

You can find comprehensive information about recent articles and research projects on our members’ personal pages.

Some selected research highlights from the PPGG include (for fuller lists see members individual pages).

Oliver James (Co-Investigator)

  • Fiscal Citizenship in Migrant Societies - a new three-year, £1.3m project investigating the role of citizenship in attitudes and behaviour towards cooperating with tax systems. Funded jointly by the SSHRC, Canada, DFG Germany and the ESRC, UK, from 1 March 2021

Alice Moseley

  • Mitigating Cognitive Bias in the Bureaucracy: Survey Experiments with UK Public Officials, Leverhulme/ British Academy Small Grant, May 2019 - July 2020
  • Networks of Exchange: Developing lessons and sharing best practices on Online Public Deliberation, ESRC IAA, Feb - Dec 2021
  • A community supported vision for achieving net zero in the Ruby Country, UKRI

Alison Harcourt

  • International Professional Fora: a study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance. ESRC grant (2015 – 2018)

Claire Dunlop (co-investigator with Radaelli)

  • Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (Protego) ERC ( 2016-2021).; ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (2019-2023); ESRC National Productivity Investment Fund (2020-2021)

Sandra Kröger

  • Integration Diversity in the European Union January 2019-December 2021, Horizon 2020,
  • Differentiation: Communicating Excellence, January 2020-December 2022, Horizon 2020

Duncan Russel

  • Urban Nature-Based Solutions (REGREEN), Sept 2019-August 2023, Horizon 2020

Sarah Cooper (2016). Regulating Women: Policy-Making and Practice in the UK. Rowman and Littlefield International.

Claire A. Dunlop (with Kamkhaji, Radaelli, Taffoni and Wagemann) (2020) Does Consultation Count for Corruption?. Journal of European Public Policy, 27(11), 1718-1741

Isabelle Engeli (with Rothmayr) (2018) ‘Beyond the usual suspects : new research themes in comparative public policy.’ Journal of Comparative Public Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 20:1.

Athanassios Gouglas (with Maddens and Bran) (2018) ‘Determinants of legislative turnover in Western Europe, 1945-2015’ European Journal of Political Research, 57:3.

Stephen Greasley (2019) ‘Mutual dependence or state dominance? Large private suppliers to the British state 2010-2015’ Public Administration, 97:2.

Alison Harcourt (2020) Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Oliver James (with Olson, Moynihan and Van Ryzin) (2020) Behavioural Public Performance : How people make sense of government metrics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sandra Kröger  (2019). ‘How limited representativeness weakens throughput legitimacy in the EU: the example of interest groups.’ Public Administration, 97:4.

Moseley, A & Thomann (2020) ‘A behavioural model of heuristics and biases in frontline policy implementation’, Policy & Politics, online early view:

Duncan Russel (with Turnpenny) (2020) ‘Embedding ecosystem services ideas into policy processes: an institutional analysis.’ Ecology and Society, 25:1.