Professor Alistair Cole

Professor of Politics

Email:
colea@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 5068
Location:
1.06, 65-68 Park Place

Alistair Cole is a leading scholar of French and Comparative European Politics. Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University since 1999, he has published 18 books, 60 journal articles and 55 book chapters. His publications are widely cited (an H Index of 21 according to Google Scholar). He has a proven record in obtaining research funding, with 8 grants in last ten years (from the ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, and, most recently, the Leverhulme Trust (£74330 for an International Network on Territorial Governance, 2012-2015). He is vice-Chair of ESRC’s Panel B, 2010-2014. He is a Fellow of the AcSS, FRSA, FRHS and FLSW. In 2014, Alistair Cole is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Lyon, France.

His 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. His core intellectual interests have long since extended beyond those of France, however fascinating that particular EU state. His reputation has been forged over the past decade (or so) as a result of a string of funded research projects that have allowed me to develop 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.

His most recent books include 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). He has published across a large range and scope in many of the leading political science and area studies journals (see biography). Alistair Cole is a founder member of the European

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’.

From 1977 to 1980, I read Government and History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I graduated with a First Class honours degree, which was awarded the Bassett Prize for Political Science (bestowed annually to the top degree in the LSE Government department).

From October 1981 – September 1985 I undertook research for my Doctor of Philosophy degree at Balliol College, Oxford University. I was recipient of a British Academy post-graduate award from 1981-1984. My thesis (under the supervision of David Goldey, Lincoln College, Oxford) was entitled Factionalism in the French Socialist Party, 1971-81. I passed the viva in November 1985 (examiners Vincent Wright and David Bell).

External examining

  • 2011-2014. 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

  • 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.

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

From 1977 to 1980, I read Government and History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I graduated with a First Class honours degree, which was awarded the Bassett Prize for Political Science (bestowed annually to the top degree in the LSE Government department).

From October 1981 – September 1985 I undertook research for my Doctor of Philosophy degree at Balliol College, Oxford University. I was recipient of a British Academy post-graduate award from 1981-1984. My thesis (under the supervision of David Goldey, Lincoln College, Oxford) was entitled Factionalism in the French Socialist Party, 1971-81. I passed the viva in November 1985 (examiners Vincent Wright and David Bell).

External examining

  • 2011-2014. 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

  • 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.

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

From 1977 to 1980, I read Government and History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I graduated with a First Class honours degree, which was awarded the Bassett Prize for Political Science (bestowed annually to the top degree in the LSE Government department).

From October 1981 – September 1985 I undertook research for my Doctor of Philosophy degree at Balliol College, Oxford University. I was recipient of a British Academy post-graduate award from 1981-1984. My thesis (under the supervision of David Goldey, Lincoln College, Oxford) was entitled Factionalism in the French Socialist Party, 1971-81. I passed the viva in November 1985 (examiners Vincent Wright and David Bell).

External examining

  • 2011-2014. 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

  • 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.

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

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Odile Bomba Nkolo (submitted December 2013) ‘A Tale of Two Donors: France and the UK in Cameroon’
  • Sarah Jones: ‘A  game of Chinese Whispers:  An analysis of the implementation of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification’ (President’s Scholar)
  • Francesca Dickson: ‘Government Formation and the International Strategies of Sub-State Actors in Wales, Scotland and Bavaria’ (President’s Scholar)
  • Nicholas Griffin: ‘The Challenges of State Capacity-Building in Ukraine: Fiscal, Legal and Local Government Capacities (ESRC-funded)
  • Alex Tuck: ‘La Vuelta and banal nationalism in Spain’ (AHRC-funded)

In the past, I  have successfully supervised the following PhD students

  1. 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.
  2. Mark Jordan, ‘Contextualising and Comparing the Policing of Public Disorder in France and Britain’, Cardiff University 2012
  3. Mark Pollentine ‘Constructing the Responsibility to Protect’, Cardiff University, 2012
  4. Paula Portas ‘The Poetics of Politics : Narrative Production of National Identity in Contemporary Galicia, 1970-1989’, Cardiff University 2011
  5. Frankie Asare-Donkoh ‘ Multi-level governance and EU Regional Policy : the case of Wales’ Cardiff University, 2010
  6. Felicia Owusu ‘A Decade of Devolution in Wales: Building Legitimacy and Capacity’ Cardiff University, Cardiff University, 2009.
  7. Michael McAna ‘The Front National in Power : Toulon and Orange’, Bradford University, 2002.
  8. Philip Burbridge ‘The Impact of European Integration on the Danish and British Party Systems’, Univerity of Central Lancashire 2001
  9. Gary  Kenning ‘Revolution and Marxism in Cuba’  Bradford University 1999.

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