Dr Ed Poole
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
I'm a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University where I teach Political Economy and Territorial Politics. My research interests lie in Welsh politics, fiscal decentralisation, government responsiveness in decentralized political systems, and legislative behaviour in Senedd Cymru | Welsh Parliament and the Scottish Parliament. I completed my PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics.
I obtained a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked in a number of positions in budget and finance in the United States. As a budget consultant at Public Financial Management, the United States’ largest government financial advisory firm, I worked with US state and local governments on initiatives to enhance revenues and contain government expenditures. I also worked in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell as special adviser to two cabinet secretaries for the Budget.
Education and Qualifications
2017: PhD in Political Science, London School of Economics. Thesis Title: "Essays on the Political Economy of Decentralization"
2016: PgCUTL: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), Cardiff University
2013: PGCertHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Associate Level), London School of Economics
2011: MRes in Political Science (Quantitative Stream), London School of Economics
2004: MGA (Master of Government Administration), University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
1999: BSc in Government, London School of Economics, First Class Honours
2014-present: Lecturer, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff School of Law and Politics
2012-13: Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics
2006-10: Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Budget, Governor’s Budget Office, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
2004-06: Budget Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Honours and awards
‘Welsh Education Champion’, Cardiff University's Enriching Student Life Awards (2016)
Member of the European Political Science Association
2012-2013: Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics
'Brexit and the economy of Wales' (December 2017), Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Cardiff
'Brexit and the Economy, Where are we now?' (July 2017), National Assembly for Wales.
'The (Dis)united Kingdom?', lecture at New Flemish Alliance Studiedag, Flemish Parliament, Brussels (June 2017)
‘The Welsh Government’s New Finance Powers’. Presentation to the National Energy Action Conference on Fuel Poverty, Cardiff (2014)
Committees and reviewing
Journal reviewer: Regional and Federal Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Public Administration.
Modern Welsh Politics (Module Convenor) - 2nd year students
Political Economy (Module Convenor) - 3rd year students
Politics in Practice: Work Placement Module (Module Convenor) - 3rd year students
Law & Governance in Practice: Work Placement Module (Module Convenor) - 3rd year students
Modern Welsh Politics (Module Convenor) - 2nd and 3rd year students
Political Economy (Module Convenor) - 3rd year students
Poole, E.G. and Ifan, G. (2019). Internal coordination of social security in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Social Security. Vol 21, Issue 2, p. 153-162 https://doi.org/10.1177/1388262719844984
Poole, E.G. (2019). How institutional culture trumps tier effects: evidence from government responsiveness to FOI requests. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol 29, Issue 2. https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muy039
Ifan, G. and Poole, E.G. (2019). Devolution and decentralisation in social security: the situation in the United Kingdom, in Schoukens, P. & Vonk, G. (eds) (2019) Devolution and Decentralisation in Social Security: A European Comparative Perspective. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing
Poole, E.G. (2018). An electoral calculus? Dual incentives and committee assignment in the UK’s mixed-member legislatures. Regional and Federal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2018.1540980
Poole, E.G. (2017) Wales and Brexit, in Hassan, G & Gunson, R (eds) (2017) Scotland, the UK and Brexit: A Guide to the Future. IPPR Scotland, Luath Press.
Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2017). Fair Funding for Taxing Times? Assessing the Fiscal Framework Agreement [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2016/11/Fair-Funding-for-Taxing-Times-Assessing-the-Fiscal-Framework-Agreement.pdf
Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2016). Barnett Squeezed? Options for a Funding Floor after Tax Devolution. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2016/12/161209-WGC-IFS-2nd-Report-Barnett-Squeezed.pdf
Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2016). For Wales Don’t (Always) See Scotland: Adjusting the Welsh Block Grant after Tax Devolution. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2016/10/WGC-IFS-Report-Oct-2016.pdf
Ifan, G. & Poole, E.G. (2016). Devolving Stamp Duty and Landfill Tax to Wales. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2013/10/Devolving-Stamp-Duty-and-Landfill-Tax-to-Wales.pdf
Ifan, G. & Poole, E.G. (2016). Estimating Wales’ Net Contribution to the European Union. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2016/05/Estimating-Wales%E2%80%99-Net-Contribution-to-the-European-Union.pdf
Poole, E.G, Ifan, G. and Wyn Jones, R. (2016). Government Expenditure and Revenue Wales 2016. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/wgc/files/2016/04/Government-Expenditure-and-Revenue-Wales-2016.pdf