Professor Alistair Cole

Professor of Politics

School of Law and Politics

Email:
colea@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 5068
Location:
21 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ
Media commentator

I have been Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University since 1999,  I have published 21 books, 62 journal articles and 60+ book chapters. My publications are widely cited (an H Index of 27 according to Google Scholar).  I have a proven record in obtaining research funding, with 8 grants in last ten years (from the ANR [French national research agency] ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust (£74330 for an International Network on Territorial Governance, 2012-2015). I  was  vice-Chair of ESRCâs Panel B, 2010-2014 and am currently a member of the French National Research Agency's main evaluation panel. I am a Fellow of the AcSS, FRSA, FRHS and FLSW. In 2014, I was Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Lyon, France. Since January 2015, I have been on secondment to the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon, France.

My research interest lies in the sphere of contemporary and comparative European politics and policy, with special (but not exclusive) reference to France and Franco-British comparisons. My  core intellectual interests have long since extended beyond those of France, however fascinating that particular EU state. Over the past decade (or so) I have developed a broad comparative research agenda in governance: territorial and multi-level governance (especially comparative devolution), public administration and the State, public policy (education, training, research, the knowledge economy), Europeanisation and European Integration (mainly through the specific lens of the Franco-German relationship and of Franco-British relations). These distinct fields converge around a set of research questions around the related themes of governance and capacity building.

My most recent books include:  French Politics and Society (London: Routledge, 2017); Cities as Political Objects (co-edited with Renaud Payre, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016); Devolution and Governance: Wales between Capacity and Constraint   (co-written with Ian Stafford, Bastingstoke: Palgrave, 2015); The Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Mobilization in Europe: Language Matters (co-edited with Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy,  London: Routledge, 2014); Developments in French Politics 5  (co-edited with Vincent Tiberj and Sophie Meunier, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013); Dictionnaire des politiques territoriales (co-edited with Romain Pasquier and Sebastien Guigner, Presses de Sciences Po, 2011), Redefining the Republic (co-edited with Gino Raymond, Manchester University Press, 2010) Governing and Governance in France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) Beyond Devolution and Decentralisation: Building Regional Capacity in Wales and Brittany (Manchester University Press, 2006), Developments in French Politics 4 (Palgrave, 2008,  co-edited with Patrick Le Galès and Jonah Levy), and French Politics and Society (Longman, 2005). I have published across a large range and scope in many of the leading political science and area studies journals (see biography).

Education and qualifications

  • 1986: DPhil (oxon), Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  • 1980: Bsc (econ), London SChool of Economics, London, UK

Career Overview

  • 2015-present: Professor of Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Lyon, France
  • 1999 - present: Professor of European Politics, Cardiff University, UK (on secondment 2015-2018)
  • 1995- 1999: Reader in European Politics, University of Bradford, UK
  • 1989 -1995:Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Politics,  Keele University, UK.
  • 1987 - 1989: Lecturer in French Politics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 1986-1987 Maître de conférénces associé, Caen University, France
  • 1985-1986: Lecturer in Politics, Merton College, Oxford University, UK

External examining

  • 2015-2018. External Examiner. Bradford University
  • 2015-2018 External Examiner. Aston University
  • 2015-2017. External Advisor. Dual degree-diploma between Sciences Po, Lille and University of Kent.
  • 2011-2015. External Examiner, French and  European Studies, University College, London
  • 2010-2013. External Examiner, French and Politics, Bristol University
  • 2009-2012. External Examiner, Msc (econ) in Public Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2007-2010. External Examiner, French and European Studies,  University of Reading
  • 2007-2010. External Examiner, Politics, University of Aberystwyth
  • 2001-2005. External Examiner, Politics and European Studies, Aston University
  • 1999-2003. External Examiner, European Studies, Keele University.
  • 1997- 2000. External Examiner, Politics Department, Leeds University

Membership of Research Councils and advisory board

  • 2015: present Member of French National Research Agency's main evaluation panel
  • 2010-2014 Vice-Chair of the (ESRC) Economic and Social Research Council’s  Grant Assessment Panel B
  • 2007-2008. Member of the French CNRS Political Science Committee (section 40)
  • 2007- present. Member of the executive committee of the GRALE (Groupement de recherche sur les administrations locales en Europe).
  • 2001-2004. Member of the (ESRC) Economic and Social Research Council’s Politics, Economics and Geography College.

Honours and awards

Honours and Awards

2015: Political Studies Association prize for the best article on French Politics written in 2014 (‘Not Saying, Not Doing:  Convergences, Contingencies and Causal Mechanisms of State Reform and Decentralisation in Hollande’s France’ French Politics 12 (2): 104-135).

2008: Nomination of my book Governing and Governance in France by Cambridge University Press for the Political Studies Association's WJM McKenzie prize for the  best book in Political Science, 2008.

2005: Nomination of my book French Politics and Society by Pearson for the Political Studies Association's WJM McKenzie prize for the  best book in Political Science, 2005.

1999-2004: Cardiff Professorial Research Fellowsghip

1980: Bassett Prize for Political Science for the degree in the LSE Government department.

Visiting Professorships and Fellowships

  • June 2016 Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • March 2016. Visiting Professor, Ecole normale d’administration, Strasbourg, France
  • November 2015. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France
  • March 2015. Visiting Professor, Ecole normale d’administration, Strasbourg, France
  • February 2015. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • February-December 2014, Resident at the Collegium de Lyon, Institute of Advanced Studies, Ecole Normale Superieur de Lyon, France.
  • June 2013 Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • January– March, 2013. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • June 2012. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • May 2012. Visiting Professor, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
  • February – April, 2012. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • January 2012. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France.
  • May 2011. Visiting Professor, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
  • February-April 2011. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • December 2010 Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • September 2010. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • May 2010. Visiting Professor. University of Reims, France
  • February – April 2010. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • January 2010. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • February – April 2009. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • 2009-2012 External Research Fellow, Centre Européen, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • December 2008, Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • February-April 2008. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1- Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • December 2007. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • January- June 2007: Vincent Wright Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • February-April 2006. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1- Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • 2006-2009 External Research Fellow, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • January 2006. Visiting Professor. University of Reims, France
  • January 2005. Visiting Professor. Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France.
  • May 2004. Research Fellow. Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • January 2004.Visiting Professor. Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France
  • December 2003, Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France.
  • April to June 2002,  Guest Researcher, OIP, Sciences Po, Paris, France.
  • December 2000. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France

Research Grants

  • 2016-2019  WISERD Civil Society, ESRC Centre, Workpackage 2-4 'Trust and Transparency in multi-level governance',
  • 2016-2017 ‘Fabriquer la Confiance par la Transparence’ Sciences Po Lyon, France (5000€)
  • 2016-2017 ‘Fabriquer la Confiance par la Transparence’ PALSE-IDEX-Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR-11-IDEX-0007, 61,500€), France (French National Research Agency)
  • 2012-2015 ‘Territorial Governance in Western Europe: between Convergence and Capacity’ Leverhulme Trust International Network award. Grant number IN-2012-109. (£74330)
  • 2011-2012 ‘The UK’s Role in Eurozone Economic Governance: Meeting the Challenge of Economic Reform’ (€25,000) COMM/LON/2011/01. Co-Investigator.  Kenneth Dyson was Principal Investigator.
  • 2008-2011 ‘Devolution in Wales seminar series’. HEFCW/Innovation and Engagement funding (£12,000)
  • 2008. ‘Wales in Europe’. British Council Grant (£4,000) for the conference on Wales in Europe at Wales House, Brussels, July 3-4th 2008
  • 2007 ‘Governing and Governance in France’. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). £33,295. Grant no: AH/E000134/1. Evaluation Outstanding
  • 2006-2008 ‘Devolution in Wales Seminar series’ HEFCW/Innovation and Engagement funding (£10,000)
  • 2004-2006 ‘Governing and Governance in France’. British Academy Larger Research Grant of £14,596. Grant no: LRG-37213
  • 2001-2003 ‘Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany’. £146,518 awarded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Grant no. L219252007. Evaluation Outstanding
  • 2000-2002. ‘La gouvernance locale du changement dans les systèmes éducatifs français et anglais’. €5,640 GRALE-GIS grant on the programme ‘Inter-Territorialité et Performance Institutionnelle’. With Michèle Breuillard, University of  Lille 2.
  • 1999-2000. ‘The Governance of Educational Change in England and France’. £5,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation. Grant number: SGS/LB/0278.
  • 1995-96. £14,098 Research Grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust for the project ‘Local Policy Networks in Britain and France’. Grant no:Rf+G/10711
  • 1994-96 £81,140 awarded by the ESRC for my project with Dr Peter John (principal investigator) on ‘Local Policy Networks in Britain and France’.  Grant no: L311253047.
  • 1990. £3,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation for ‘François Mitterrand: a Study in Political Leadership’.

Professional memberships

Membership of professional societies

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, 2011-
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2011-
  • Member of the Franco-British Council, 2010-
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2009-
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2009-
  • Member of Political Studies Association (co-chair of the French Politics group),Association française de Science Politique (co-chair of the Comparative Public

    Administration group), American Political Science Association,  International Political Science Association, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France

Academic positions

  • 2015-present: Professor of Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Lyon, France
  • 1999 - present: Professor of European Politics, Cardiff University, UK (on secondment 2015-2018)
  • 1995- 1999: Reader in European Politics, University of Bradford, UK
  • 1989 -1995:Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Politics,  Keele University, UK.
  • 1987 - 1989: Lecturer in French Politics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 1986-1987 Maître de conférénces associé, Caen University, France
  • 1985-1986: Lecturer in Politics, Merton College, Oxford University, UK

Speaking engagements

2017: ‘Droits et Institutions en Tension’ French Higher Education ministry/ National Research Agency conference on ‘Démocraties et institutions/pouvoirs et acteurs’, Paris, France 3rd March 2017.

2017: ‘Current Politics in Europe’ Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University, India, 6th January 2017

2016: ‘Présentation de l’enquête You Gov sur les nouvelles régions’, Conference on‘Les Régions ont trente ans – et demain?’ organized by the Territorial Chair Sciences Po, Rennes, with the support the Brittany Regional Council, Rennes, Les Champs Libres, France 18th  November 2016

2016: 'Les nouvelles régions, pour quoi faire ? Retour sur l’enquête de You Gov’ Keynote speech to the conference 1986-2016 : 30 ans de démocratie régionale. Des Régions pour quoi faire? Sciences Po, Rennes, France, 17th November 2016.

2016: 'Territorial Political Capacity: a Conceptual lens for Studying European Regions’, Paper presented to the International Political Science Association, Poznan, Poland (Panel co-organiser: Indexing the Indexes of Decentralisation and Federalisation), July 24th, 2016.

2016: ‘Territorial Political Capacity and European Regions’, Paper presented to the Summer School co-organised by the International Political Science Association and the French Political Science Association, Rennes, France, July 5th, 2016.

2016: ‘Hollande’s Annus Horribilis’ Paper presented to the Institute of Advanced Studies, Lyon, France, June 20th 2016.

2016: ‘Circulations et coproduction de l’action publique : l’expérience du réseau Leading Cities’ Paper presented to the Summer School Une école d’été en commun, Sciences Po, Lyon, France, June 6, 2016

2015: ‘Les régions européennes face à la crise : Quels enjeux de gouvernance pour la Wallonie’ ? Coorganisateur du colloque de l’Institut Destrée, Palais des Congrès, Namur, Belgium. (Conference co- organiser and paper giver).10th September 2015.

2015: ‘States of Convergence of Territorial Governance’ Conference of Europeanists, July 8-10, Sciences Po, Paris. (Panel organiser and paper giver).

2015: ‘Quelles ambitions pour les nouvelles régions?’ Table ronde no. 4, 11th National conference of  the Association of French régions (Association des régions de France) Rouen, 25/26 June 2015.

2015: ‘Les régions et la crise économique : un cadre d’analyse’ Communication to the thematic section on : ‘Crise et gouvernance territoriale en Europe : convergence ou différenciation’ ? Association française de Science Politique, Aix-en-Provence, 22-24 June 2015.Co-organiser with Romain Pasquier of the thematic section (no. 41).

2015: ‘Lyons and the Smart City’. Communication to the Leading Cities Annual Summit, City Hall, Lisbon, Portugal, June 3rd

2015: ‘Le régionalisme au Royaume-Uni’ Colloque international Quelle organisation pour les grandes régions en France et en Europe ? 26/27 March, 2015

2014: ‘Sceptical Europeans? Trends and counter-trends of the 2014 European election’. Keynote speech to the day conference on the 2014 European elections, organised by the University of Paris 4, Paris, France.

2014: ‘La metropole comme objet politique’ Guest lecture to the full Council of the Economic, Social and Environmental Committee (CESER) Rhône-Alpes, 20 November 2014.

2014: ‘La métropole comme objet politique. Historicités, catégories d’analyse et enjeux institutionnels de la métropolisation’. Conference co-organiser and presenter, with Renaud Payre. Sciences Po, Lyon, 12-13 November 2014.

2014: ‘Jeux d’échelle et différenciation territoriale : régions et métropoles dans la décentralisation française’ Communication, with Romain Pasquier, to the conference ‘La métropole comme objet politique.

2014: ‘Territorial Governance between Convergence and Capacity’ European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) general conference, Glasgow, UK, 4-6 September 2014.

2014: ‘The Territorial Political Capacity framework’. Paper to the International Political Science Association conference, Montreal, Canada, 18-21 July 2014.

2014: ‘La goberanza territorial en Europa entre convergencia y capacidad’. One day conference organised in Seville, Spain, as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network, 26 June 2014.

2014: ‘Les Régions en Europe et la crise’. One day conference organised in Rennes, France, as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network, 21 May 2014.

2014: ‘Territorial Governance in Western Europe: second-order strong identity regions between convergence and divergence’. ISPOLE general seminar, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, 20/03/2014

2014: ‘An end to the Europe of the Regions ?’ Université libre de Bruxelles, 14/03/2014

2014: ‘Fonction publique territoriale et politique’. GRALE colloquium on Les 30 ans de la fonction publique territoriale, French Senate, Paris, 31st   January 2014

2013: ‘Territorial Governance in Western Europe between convergence and capacity: preliminary findings from Wales, Brittany and Andalucía’ EGIPP Research Unit and Jean Monnet Centre, Cardiff University, December 4th 2013

2013: ‘Presentación del proyecto por Alistair Cole: Territorial governance in western Europe between Capacity and Convergence’ Centro de Estudias Andaluces, Seville, Spain, 21st November 2013

‘Introduction and Overview’. Paper to the conference on Welsh Devolution in Perspective , British Academy, London, 31st May 2013

‘European Territorial Governance between Convergence and Capacity’ Paper presented to the conference on Europeanising Devolution (conference organiser, supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Cardiff Jean Monnet Centre), 24th May 2013

‘The politics of austerity in comparative perspective: State Reform and Decentralisation in Hollande’s France’ St Anthony’s College, Oxford. April 27 2013

‘Developments in French Politics’. Panel organised at the Political Studies Association, Cardiff, 25-27 March 2013 (including a communication on Local and Regional Governance’)

‘Ou và la Dévolution? Les spécificités territoriales en Grande Bretagne’ IHEDATE-Sciences-Po, Paris, France, 13th March 2013

‘Developments in French Politics’. Short Course organised at the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, August 29th 2012.

‘An Overview of the Sarkozy presidency’ PSA sponsored day conference on the French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections 2012, Queen Mary’s, University of London, 24th  May  2012 (conference co-organiser)

‘Territorial Structuring and Social Policy; the UK and France Compared’. St Anthony’s College, Oxford, 17th May 2012

‘How Sarkozy’s Fast Presidency Ran out of Steam’. Roundtable on the French Presidential elections, Cardiff University, 16th May 2012

‘Sarkozy’s Fast Presidency’ Conference on the Sarkozy Presidency, University of Bristol, 9th May 2012.

‘Sarkozy’s Fast Presidency’. Political Studies Association conference, Belfast, 3-5 avril 2012 (co-organiser of 4 panels)

Sarkozy’s Hyper-Presidency : France 2007-2012’ The Winthrop King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, United States, 21st February 2012.

‘Autour du Dictionnaire des Politiques territoriales avec Alistair Cole’ Séminaire inter-laboratoires LaSSP-LEREPS-CERTOP-LISST-SOI de l’Axe 1 du LaSSP “Gouvernements, Administrations et Politiques publiques”, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France.

‘Où en est la coordination territoriale en Angleterre ?’ Roundtable at the colloquium on  ‘La RGPP et les collectivités territoriales’, Reims University, France, 20th January 2012.

‘Métropolisation et régionalisation. Des dynamiques territoriales complémentaires ou concurrentes ? Conference co-organised with Romain Pasquier, Sciences Po, Rennes, October 20-21st 2011.

‘L’Administration territoriale de la République, entre Acte III de la décentralisation et RGPP II : le réformisme permanent ? Association Française de Science Politique conference, Strasbourg, 30 August – 2 September 2011.

‘EU Cohesion policy and regional empowerment: Comparing France and the United-Kingdom’ Jean Monnet conference on Multi-level governance, Cardiff University July 6-8, 2011.

‘Linguistic policy in France. Does the Republic care about regional languages?’ Interpretive Policy Analysis conference, Cardiff, June 25-28 2011.

‘La Haute administration publique et la dévolution: Le cas du pays de Galles’. General Seminar, Sciences Po, Paris, France 12 May 2011

‘The French Socialist Party and its Radical Ambiguity’ Political Studies Association conference, London, April 7-9th 2011

‘The French State and its Territories’ Political Studies Association conference, London, April 7-9th 2011

‘Governing and Governance in France’ University of Paris 1, France, April 4th 2011

‘Studying the French Socialist Party’. Aston University seminar series, 30th March 2011.

The Reform of the State in France’ LASSP - Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 15 December 2010

Les spécificités territoriales au Royaume Uni’ GRALE conference on Les Reformes et mutations des collectivités territoriales et de l’action locale, Toulouse, France, 21-22 October 2010

‘Europeanising Devolution. Wales and the European Union’, WISERD Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 29/06/2010

‘The French State and its Territories’ Political Studies Association conference, Edinburgh, 30/03/2010

‘Sarkozy’s Political Leadership’ Political Studies Association conference, Edinburgh, 30/03/2010

‘Conclusions’ Workshop on Ethno-territorial mobilization and regional languages, European consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 25/03/2010 (Workshop Director)

‘Does the Republic care about Regional Languages?’ Workshop on Ethno-Territorial Mobilization and Regional Languages, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 24/03/2010

‘Introduction’ Workshop on Ethno-territorial mobilization and regional languages, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 23/03/2010 (Workshop Director)

‘La devolution au Royaume Uni’ Presentation to the sub-committee on State reform and inter-communal administration, GRALE, Paris, 04/03/2010

‘Wales and Europe’ Society and Education Seminar Series, Cardiff University 03/02/2010

‘The Franco-German axis’ EGIPP conference on the Political Leadership of the European Union, Cardiff University 10/02/2010

‘Europeanising Devolution’ Richard Burton seminar series, Swansea University, 08/02/2010

‘Les Regions en Europe’ CEPEL – One Day Conference on Regions in France and Europe, Montpellier, France 28/01/2010

‘Governing and Governance in France’ LASSP - Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 21/01/2010

‘L’Administration des institutions de l’UE et (re)construction. Réformes et realités’, European Commission, Brussels, 10-11/12/2009. French Political Science Association (AFSP-SPCA) colloque. Chair and discussant.

‘Regard étranger sur le projet de réforme français’. Communication to the GRALE conférence Quelle Nouvelle réforme pour les collectivités territoriales françaises? Reims : France, 25-26 November 2009.

‘Decentralisation in France : Actors and Dynamics’ ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12th, 2009. Paper presented to the panel on Decentralisation in France and Italy

‘Serving which Nation? Devolution and the civil service in Wales’ ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12th 2009 Paper presented to the panel on Organizing Government: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives.

‘The French State and its territorial challenges’ French Political Science Association (AFSP) conference, Grenoble, 7-9th September 2009 (panel co-organiser L’Etat de la France)

‘La République contre les langues régionales’. French Political Science Association (AFSP) conference, Grenoble, 7-9th September 2009.

‘Small countries and the global crisis: challenges and opportunities?’ Wales Governance Centre and the Welsh Assembly Government. Conference organiser, Cardiff, 1st July 2009.

‘Reflections on Fifty Years of the Fifth Republic’ Political Studies Association, Manchester, April 7-9 2009

‘Sarkozy’s Political Leadership of Europe’. Paper presented to the EGIPP colloquium on the French Presidency of the European Union, Cardiff University, March 18th, 2009

‘Decentralisation and Territorial Politics in France’. Paper presented to the ESRC-Wales Governance Centre conference on /Devolution, Citizenship and Public Policy, Cardiff University, December 15-16th 2008.

‘Les cultures administatives’. Discussant in the Roundtable on ‘Les Cultures administratives’, Association française de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Lyons, France, 21st  November, 2008.

‘The Progressive Consensus’. Roundtable participant on the ‘Progressive Consensus and the One Wales Coalition’, Wales Governance Centre/Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff University 4th November 2008

‘Reshaping the state: examples from France, Germany and Belgium’. Association francaise de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, September 24th , 2008.

‘The Franco-German Relationship and differentiated integration’. Paper presented to the EU-Consent conference on Differentiated Integration, Cardiff University 10-12 September 2008

‘Is France Still Centralised? Perspectives on Decentralisation and Bounded Governance’ Paper presented to the panel on Governing and Administering: the case of France (panel co-organiser with Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans and Ed Page) American Political Science Association (APSA), Boston, 27-31 August 2008

‘The Reform of the State in France. New Public Management and its Limits’ Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions, Rennes, France, 11-16th April 2008.

'La dévolution et la fonction publique en Grande Bretagne' Association francaise de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, April 4th, 2008.

‘Municipal Elections in France’. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University 1-4th April 2008.

‘Governing and Governance in France’. Paper presented to the Reform of the State in France panel at the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University 1-4th April 2008 (panel organiser)

‘Research Grants’. Paper presented to the Graduate Conference on the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University, 31st March – 1st April 2008.

‘Heading the Republic’ Conference on the Fifth Years of the Fifty Republic, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, United States, 13-14th February 2008

‘La Dévolution en Grande Bretagne’ Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France, 20th December 2007.

‘Governing and Governance in France’. University of Bath Seminar series, 27th November 2007

‘Decentralisation in France : Central Steering, Capacity Building and Identity Construction’ Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) annual conference, Reading University, 7-8th September 2007.

‘Le groupe d’étude SPCA : Pour quoi faire ?’ Avec Jean-Michel Eymeri, Association Française de Science Politique, Toulouse, 6th September 2007.

‘Dévolution et décentralisation en Grande-Bretagne, Pays de Galles et Écosse, impact sur les politiques publiques’. Colloque sur les Politiques publiques, État et pouvoirs locaux en Europe, Sciences Po, Paris, 6th July, 2007.

‘Les partis politiques à l’épreuve des procédures délibératives’ Discutant. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 15 juin 2007.

‘La Série electorale 2007 vue d’outre manche’ GAEL journée d’etude, Association Française de Science Politique, CERI, 13 juin 2007.

‘The Seven Sarkozys’ European Governance, Identities and Public Policy unit roundtable on ‘The French Presidential Elections of 2007’, Cardiff University, 22nd May 2007.

‘Managing the Governance of Wales’ Roundtable chair organised as part of the Welsh Governance Centre conference on Managing Devolution, 19th-20th May, 2007 (conference co-organiser).

‘Les sept Sarkozy’. Seminar (‘fac seminaire’) presented at the Sciences Po, Paris, 10th May 2007

‘Poisson d’Avril’. Participant in a roundtable organised by Arte/Sciences Po School of Journalism to discuss the film of this title. Sciences Po, Paris, 23rd April 2007.

‘Governing France’, Political Studies Association annual conference, Bath University, 11-13th April 2007 (panel organiser on Developments in French Politics).

‘Comment gouverner la France’ Inaugural lecture, Sciences Po, Paris, 20 March 2007.

‘Les Regions en Europe’. Colloque au CERI, Sciences Po, Paris, sur les Régions en Europe, 13 March, 2007.

‘Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany’. A presentation of the book with the same title. Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France. December 21st 2006

‘The EU as a Global Player’ European Commission Town Hall meeting with EU Commissioner Mandelson,  Cardiff, 23rd October 2006

‘Europeanisation, Regional Capacity and Comparative Analysis’, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, 9th June 2006.

‘ Le Pays de Galles et l’Europe’. Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg, France, 2nd June 2006.

‘La lutte contre la délinquance en Angleterre’ Paper presented to the GRALE/French Interior Ministry colloquium on La délinquance en France, 6 April 2006.

‘France and the European Union’ Paper presented to the EGIPP one day conference on the State of the Union, Cardiff University February 3rd 2006.

‘Capacité regionale et gouvernance au Pays de Galles’. Paper presented to the CRDT, University of Reims, France, 19th January 2006.

‘La décentralisation francaise vue d’ailleurs’. Paper presented to the GRALE conference on Decentralisation, French National Assembly, 12th  January 2006.

‘The Troubles in France’. Paper presented to the European Governance, Identity and Public Policy unit workshop on the urban riots in France, Cardiff University, 6th December 2005

‘Franco-German Relations : from Active to Reactive Cooperation’. Seminar paper presented to the Department of European Studies, Bath University, Bath, 21st October 2005

‘Franco-German Relations: the Twilight Years’ . Paper presented to the European Governance, Identity and Public Policy unit workshop on the German Federal Elections of 2005. Cardiff University, 11th October 2005

‘Franco-German Relations and a Leaderless Europe’. Paper presented to the conference on a Leadership Europe organized by the Department of Politics, Hull University,29-30th September 2005

‘Developments in French Politics’. Paper giver and panel organizer. American Political Science Association conference, Washington DC, US, 1-4 September 2005

Regional Governance in Wales and Brittany’ Paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference, Washington DC, US, 1-4 September 2005

‘Franco-German Relations’ Paper presented to the conference on France in a Changing World, University of the West of England, 8th July 2005

‘Comparaisons franco-britanniques: similarités, différences, convergences, interactions’. Paper presented to the CHEDE (Cycle des hautes études du développement économique, Ministère des Finances) Seminar ‘Comment font les Autres’, London School of Economics, 17 June 2005.

‘Wales in the new Europe’. Paper to the International Conference on European Identities, Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland, 2-4 June 2005. Conference organised by the Austrian Cultural Institute.

‘Regional Capacity Building in Wales and Brittany’. Paper presented to the Edinburgh/Rennes workshop on comparative regional governance, Europa Institute, Edinburgh Univiersity, 28-29th April 2005.

‘French Politics in the 21st century’, Political Studies Association conference, University of Leeds, 4-7th April, 2005 (panel organiser ‘Developments in French Politics 3).

‘Internationalising Devolution’. Organiser and chief speaker at the Internationalising Devolution workshop, European Governance, Identities and Public Policy research unit, Cardiff University, 18th March 2005.

‘Change and Resisting Change: the Challenge of Governance in France’. Paper presented to the XX. Jahrestagung/Colloque annuel of the Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1-3 July 2004.

‘Language Policy’. Paper presented to the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) conference on ‘Devolution in Wales: the Scorecard’. The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, Wales- UK, June 24th, 2004.

‘Wales, the United Kingdom and the Convention on the Future of Europe’. Paper presented to the European Forum on the Convention for the Future of Europe, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, May 13th, 2004.

‘Decentralisation in France: steering at a distance?’. The International Conference for French Studies, Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee, USA, April 1-5th, 2004.

124.  ‘Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany: a framework for evaluation’. The Conference of Europeanists, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, USA, 11-14th March 2004

‘Devolution and decentralisation in Wales and Brittany’. Paper presented at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, UK, February 14th , 2004.

126.  ‘Social partnership, regional governance and training policy in France’. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), University of Paris 13, France. September 4-6.

‘Decentralisation in France: Steering at a distance or back to the grass-roots?’ Paper presented to the Political Studies Association conference (PSA), University of Leicester, UK, April 15-17th 2003.

‘Regional Governance and Welfare reform in Wales and Brittany’. Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Edinburgh University, March 30-April 4, 2003.

‘Regional Governance in Wales and Brittany’. Paper to the ESRC conference on Regional Governance in Wales, Brittany and Beyond’. Cardiff University, March 14-15th 2003 (Conference organiser).

‘Disseminating Research Results’. Paper to the ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change conference, Belfast, March 1st 2003.

‘La France d’en Bas’ . Keynote speech to the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France annual conference, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, 29-31st  August 2002.

‘The French Socialist Party, the Mediterranean Left and Europe’. Paper to the conference on the Mediterranean Left and Europe, Maison Française, Oxford, June 30th 2002

‘Political Dynamics in the National Assembly for Wales’. Paper to the Political Studies Association Annual conference at the University of Aberdeen, 9th -11th April 2002.

‘Un laboratoire de richesses : Administration territoriale, gouvernance régionale et adaptation locale en Grande-Bretagne’. Communication to the colloquium on ‘Intercommunalités’  organised by the Marne departmental council (conseil général du Marne)  Chalons-sur- Marne, France,  21st March 2002.

‘La gouvernance du système éducatif en Grande-Bretagne’. Communication to the annual colloquium of the Association française des administrateurs de l’Education nationale (AFAE), Marly-le-Roi, France, 16th March 2002.

‘Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany: lessons from comparison’. Communication to the National Assembly for Wales research seminar, 13th March 2002.

‘Introduction to the Jospin Government’. Paper presented to the conference on The Jospin Government, Maison Française, Oxford, January 13th 2002 (conference organiser).

‘Dévolution et Décentralisation en Grande-Bretagne et en France: voyage au coeur d’un projet comparatif’ Ve colloque de l’Observatoire interregional du prospective régional (OIPR), Lille, France 18 - 19 December 2001

‘Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective: an Introduction’. Opening presentation at the ESRC-sponsored conference on Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective, Cardiff University, December 1st 2001 (conference organiser)

140.  ‘From Territorial Administration to Local and Regional Governance? Two Decades of Decentralisation in France’, Annual Conference of theAssociation for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Portsmouth, September 6-8, 2001

‘Is there a « Third Way » Issue in Education Policy ? An Anglo-French Comparison’, Michèle Breuillard   with  Alistair Cole,  European Consortium for Political Research, Joint Sessions of Workshops, Grenoble, April 2001

‘ La gouverance des systeme educatifs en France et en Angleterre’. Paper presented to the Rencontres de la DESCO, Education ministry, Paris 23 March 2001. With Michèle Breuillard.

‘The Franco-German Relationship at Nice’. Paper (read by Helen Drake) presented to the UACES conference on the French Presidency of the European Union, University of Loughborough, 9 March 2001.

‘Dévolution et Décentralisation en Bretagne au Pays de Galles’.  Conference of the Union Démocratique Bretonne  on Regional Identity, 9-10 February 2001, Palais des Congrès, Lorient, France.

‘Dévolution et Décentralisation en France et en Grande-Bretagne’ PRAHL Colloquium on ‘Le Préfet et le Développement Local’ 14-15 December 2000, University of Pau, France.

‘Decentralisation and Devolution in Wales and Brittany’. Paper presented to the 2nd colloquium of the Breton Study Group, University of Aberystwyth, 11 November 2000.

‘Understanding French Politics in the Twenty-First Century’. Paper presented to the South West Wales and West of England Regional Centre in French Studies, University of Cardiff, 4 November 2000 (conference organiser)

‘Decentralisation and Devolution in Wales and Brittany’. ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change programme conference, Welsh Office, November 1, 2000.

149.  ‘France, Germany and Finalité européenne’. Paper presented to the ESRC ‘flanking’ conference co-organised by the Institute for German Studies, Birmingham, and the Centre March Bloch, Berlin, 13-14th October 2000. Centre March Bloch, Berlin, Germany.

‘The French Party System: Change and Understanding Change’. Paper presented to the workshop on ‘Change in the Contemporary French Party System: Internal Dynamics and External Constraint’. European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford, 29-30 September 2000.

‘Governing Education in England and France’. Paper presented to the conference on ‘Current Issues in British and French Public Administrative Reform’. Jointly hosted by the Political Studies Association’s French Politics and Policy and Public Administration groups. CIPFA, London, 20 September 2000.

‘National and Partisan Contexts of Europeanisation: The Case of the French Socialists’. Paper presented to the workshop on Europeanisation and Political Parties, Keele University, 14-15 September 2000.

Discussant to papers presented by Kenneth Dyson and David Howarth at the ‘Conference on European States and the Euro’, British Academy, London, 13-14 September 2000.

154.  ‘La Réforme de l’Etat en France vue d’Angleterre’.Paper presented to the colloquium on La Reforme de l’Etat , organised by the French Civil Service Ministry, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, 28 April 2000. 155.  ‘Reinventing or Reshaping Public Policy? The Case of French Education’. Paper presented to the 50th Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, London School of Economics, 10-13 April, 2000.

‘From Territorial Administration to Local Governance? Sub-national politics and policy-making in France’. Paper presented to the 50th Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, London School of Economics, 10-13 April, 2000.

‘The Europeanisation of French Politics?’. Seminar presented to the Sussex European Institute postgraduate seminar series on Europeanisation, 18 January 2000.

‘L’organisation infra-etatique: des réformes territoriales aux transferts de compétences: le cas britannique’. Paper presented to the colloquium ‘Collectivités locales. Pouvoirs installés et pouvoirs emergents’. Ile-de-France Regional Council, Paris, France. 18 November 1999.

‘Régard britannique sur la question d’autonomie locale’. Les deuxièmes rencontres nationales de la Caisse des dépôts. Palais des Congrès, Paris, France. 30 September 1999.

‘Reinventing public policy: the case of French Education’, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France annual conference, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. 2-4 September 1999.

‘Europeanisation, Social-democracy and the French Polity: lessons from the Jospin Government’. Paper presented to 6th European Community Studies Association (ECSA) conference, Pittsburgh, United States, 2-5 June, 1999.

‘The Service publique under stress’. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association (PSA) Group on French Politics and Policy, Maison Française, Oxford, UK, 20 March 1999.

‘The Evolution of the French Party system in the 1990s’. Paper presented to the conference on French Political Parties in the 1990s, Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 20 December 1998.

‘Social Democracy in Power: France and Britain Compared’, University of Leeds seminar series on New Labour, 18 November 1998.

‘The French Party system in the Fifth Republic’, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 1998.

‘Où en est la cinquième république’? Roundtable chair. Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 1998.

‘L’étude de la France en Grande-Bretagne’, XIV Frankreichforscher-Konferenz “Interesse an Frankreich, Interesse an Europa?”, Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 26-28 June 1998.

‘Revisiting French Socialism: Lionel Jospin and the French Socialist Party’ Political Studies Association Conference, University of Keele, UK April 7-9, 1998 (panel organizer)

‘French socialism in longitutidinal comparative pespective’, European Consortium for Political Research (workshop on ‘Social democratic parties and welfare state retrenchment’), University of Warwick, UK. March 1998.

‘Introduction’ to the PSA-CEPSG conference on ‘Social Democracy Revisited’, University of Bradford, UK. January 9, 1998. (conference organizer).

‘The End of the French Exception?’ University of Hull seminar in European Integration, November 1997.

‘Networks or Networking? Power, position and values in local economic development networks in Britain and France’, American Political Science Association, Washington DC, US. 28-31 August 1997. (with Peter John).

‘Kohl’s Political Leadership Compared’, Association for the study of Modern Germany conference, University of Birmingham, 4-6 April 1997.

‘Networks or networking? Local elites in Comparative Perspective’ Paper presented to the workshop on ‘Local Elites’ joint sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research, Berne, Switzerland,  27 February - 4 March 1997

‘Who are the French’? LSE conference on Identities in States of Change, Cumberland Lodge, UK. 31 January - 2 February 1997.

‘Mitterrand: an Evaluation’ Keynote speech to the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Royal Holloway College, London, September 12 1996.

‘Urban regimes in Britain and France: the cases of Leeds and Lille’ American Political Science Association, The San Francisco Hilton and Towers, August 29 - September 1, 1996. With Peter John.

‘De Gaulle to Chirac: the legacy of presidentialism in France’ American Political Science Association, The San Francisco Hilton and Towers, August 29 - September 1, 1996.

‘The Future of the Left: the Mitterrand Legacy’, Briefing seminar for Britain’s ambassador in France, Foreign and Colonial Office, 6 June 1996.

‘Les réseaux et l’Espace public: leçons franco-britanniques’ Fifth National Conference of the Association Française de Science Politique, Aix-en-Provence, France. April 1996.

‘Local decision-making networks in Britain and France: a sociometric approach’, Political Studies Association annual conference, April 10-12 1996. With Peter John.

Local policy networks and intergovernmental management in France and Britain’. One day conference of the Association Française de Science politique, University of Paris 1V, Sorbonne, France. February 1996 (with Peter John)

‘Réseaux et politiques publiques à Lille et à Rennes’. Paper presented to Lille European University Pole/ IFRESI conference, Lille. February 1996.

‘Réseaux et politiques locales’. Paper presented to the postgraduate seminar on Urban politics, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, December 1995.

‘Le clivage droite-gauche en France est-il depassé’?  Conclusions to the day conference organised by the Maison française, Oxford, and the CEVIPOF, Paris. Oxford,  September 1995.

‘Local policy networks in Britain and France: interim findings’, ESRC Local Governance conference, University of Exeter, September 1995.

‘Les réseaux décisionnels locaux: le cas de la métropole de Lille’, Seminar presentation to the Nord/Pas-de-Calais section of the Institut Français des Sciences Administratives, Lille, France, June 1995.

‘Les réseaux locaux de politique publique: une comparaison franco-britannique’, Seminar presentation to the Centre de recherches administratives, politiques et sociales (CRAPS) postgraduate seminar, University of Lille II, France, June 1995.

‘In Search of Networks: the Politics of French sub-national educational policy-making in the Academy of Lille’ Workshop on the Politics of Education. Annual conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Bordeaux, France, April 1995.

‘Le Leadership politique de François Mitterrand’ Seminar paper presented to the postgraduate seminar, Institute of Political Studies, Lille, France, January 1995.

'France and the new Germany' Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Portsmouth University, UK, September 1994.

‘The French Socialists and the European elections', UACES day conference, Aston University, UK, May 1994.

'Les réseaux décisionnels en Angleterre et en France', Seminar presented to Centre de recherches administratives et politiques (CRAP), Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, April 1994.

'The French Socialists and the European Union', Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference, Swansea University, UK, March 1994.

‘François Mitterrand: an Interpretation', Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Regional conference, Liverpool, UK, March 1994.

‘The French Socialists’. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association (PSA) conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, April 1992.

‘François Mitterrand: a Political Biography’. Paper presented to the workshop on Political Biography, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference, Bochum, Germany, April 1990.

Committees and reviewing

2012-2013 Member of School Management committee, EUROP

2012- 2013 Chair of Research Committee, EUROP

2010-2013 Member of Research Committee EUROS/EUROP

2008-2013 Chair of SChool Ethics Committee

2005-2011 Chair of post-graduate committee, EUROS

1999-2002 Member of Research Committee, EUROS

I  have successfully supervised the following PhD students

  • 2016: Sara Jones ‘A Game of Chinese Whispers: An Analysis of the Implementation of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification’ Cardiff University, 2016.
  • 2015: Alex Tuck ‘Spain’s National Cycling Tour and the Politics of Regional and National Identity, 1975-2000’. Cardiff University
  • 2012: Pamela Schmidt ‘The UMP in France: Foundations, Development and  Organisation.  Case Studies of a new party in Hauts-de-Seine and Yvelines’ Cardiff University 2012.
  • 2012: Mark Jordan, ‘Contextualising and Comparing the Policing of Public Disorder in France and Britain’, Cardiff University 2012
  • 2012: Mark Pollentine ‘Constructing the Responsibility to Protect’, Cardiff University
  • 2010: Frankie Asare-Donkoh ‘ Multi-level governance and EU Regional Policy : the case of Wales’ Cardiff University
  • 2009: Felicia Owusu ‘A Decade of Devolution in Wales: Building Legitimacy and Capacity’ Cardiff University, Cardiff University.
  • 2002: Michael McAna ‘The Front National in Power : Toulon and Orange’, Bradford University, 2002.
  • 2001: Philip Burbridge ‘The Impact of European Integration on the Danish and British Party Systems’, University of Central Lancashire 2001
  • 1999: Gary  Kenning ‘Revolution and Marxism in Cuba’  Bradford University 1999.

He has obtained research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation and the Fondation de France. He has also carried out consultancy work for the French Interior and Education ministries.

The most significant projects are presented in chronological order:

2012-2015: €˜Territorial Governance in Western Europe: between Convergence and Capacity’ Leverhulme Trust International Network award. Grant number  IN-2012-109. (£74330)

2008-2010: €˜Seminar Series on Devolution  HEFCW Third Mission grant (£12,000)

2006-2008: Seminar Series on Devolution  HEFCW Third Mission grant (£10,450)

2006-2007: €˜Governing and Governance in France€™. AHRC grant AH/E 000134  £33,295.

2004-2006: Governing and Governance in France€™. British Academy Larger Research Grant of £14,596. Grant no: LRG-37213

2001-2003: €˜Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany’. £146,518 awarded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Grant no. L219252007.

2000-2002: €˜La gouvernance locale du changement dans les systèmes éducatifs français et anglais’. €5,640 GRALE-GIS grant on the programme ‘Inter-Territorialité et Performance Institutionnelle’.  With Michèle Breuillard, University of Lille 2.

1999-2000: €˜The Governance of Educational Change in England and France’. £5,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation. Grant number: SGS/LB/0278.

1995-1996: £14,098 Research Grant awarded by the Leverhulme Foundation for the project ‘Local Policy Networks in Britain and France’.Grant no:Rf+G/10711

1994-1996: £81,140 awarded by the ESRC for my project with Dr Peter John (principal invesitigator) on €˜Local Policy Networks in Britain and France’. Grant no: L311253047.

1990: £3,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation for €˜François Mitterrand: a Study in Political Leadership€™.

Areas of expertise