Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM160: Yes Special Adviser. Political Advisers and Policy Making in a Global Perspective

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

The module is very reading intensive and you will need to go through a wide selection of internationally comparative, as well as single country, specialized scientific material on the topic of political advisers.

  • Craft, J. (2016). Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Eichbaum, C., & Shaw, R. (Eds.) (2010). Partisan appointees and public servants: An international analysis of the role of the political adviser. London: Edward Elgar.
  • OECD (2011). Ministerial advisors: Role, influence and management. Paris: OECD Publishing.
  • Landman, T. (2003), Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics. An Introduction, London: Routledge, pp. 3-59.
  • Shaw, R. & Eichbaum, C. (Eds) (2018). Minders and Mandarins: An International Study of Relationships at the Executive Summit of Parliamentary Democracies. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Yee-Fui Ng (2018). The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System. Routledge.
  • Yong, B. & Hazell, R. (2016). Special Advisers: Who they are, what they do and why they matter. Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.
  • Special issue: ‘Political Staff in Executive Government: Where the Shadows Run from Themselves’, International Journal of Public Administration 
  • Special issue: ‘Ministerial advisers in executive government’, in Public Administration