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Yr Athro James Downe

Yr Athro James Downe

Professor in Public Policy and Management, Director of Research, Wales Centre for Public Policy

Ysgol Busnes Caerdydd

Email:
downej@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5298
Location:
12 Ffordd yr Amgueddfa, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3BG
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James is a Reader in Public Policy & Management in the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research. His current research interests are in local government performance regimes, political accountability, sector-led improvement, public trust and the ethical behaviour of local politicians.

He has more than ten years' experience of conducting evaluations on local government policy for government and has published widely in journals including: Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Policy & Politics, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Public Management Review and International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Plymouth
  • Pg. Dip Social Science Research Methods University of Plymouth
  • BSc Politics University of Plymouth

Additional activities

James has presented papers at the following conferences in the last few years:

  • Transatlantic Dialogue, Baltimore (2013)
  • European Academy of Management, Istanbul (2013)
  • Academy of Management, Boston, USA (2012)
  • British Academy of Management, Cardiff (2012)
  • International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), Rome (2012)
  • European Group of Public Administration, Bucharest (2011)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (2011).

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Research interests

  • Assessing the impact and effectiveness of the ethical framework for local government in England (funded by The Standards Board for England)
  • Learning to Improve: An Independent Assessment of Assembly Government Policy for Local Government (funded by the Welsh Assembly Government)
  • Meta-evaluation of the Local Government Modernisation Agenda funded by CLG
  • An ESRC project called 'Comparing for Improvement: The Development and Impact of Public Services
  • Audit and Inspection in UK Local Government' which is part of the Public Services programme

Recently Completed Research

  • An Assessment of the WLGA's Proposals for Excellence Wales (funded by the Welsh Local Government Association)
  • Civic Education in Local Government (funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
  • Evaluation of the Six Commitments initiative (funded by the Local Government Association)
  • Local Political Leadership in England and Wales (funded by the JRF)
  • The Impact of External Inspection on Local Government (funded by JRF)

PhD supervision research interests

  • Citizen engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Ethical behaviour of politicians
  • Inspection of local government
  • Political leadership
  • Political management arrangements
  • Social cohesion in the EU

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