Both Patrick Dunleavy and R.A.W Rhodes ‘Core Executive Studies in Britain’, Volume 68, Issue 1, 1990; and R.A.W Rhodes, ‘The Governance Narrative: Key Findings and Lessons from the ESRC’s Whitehall Programme’, Volume 78, Issue 2, 2000 have been included in Martin Lodge (ed.) 2012. British Public Administration. A virtual issue of Public Administration: an international quarterly. Available @:
From 21 September to 6 December I will be at Griffith University. My e-mail address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 19 September, I will deliver a keynote address on ‘Political Anthropology and Public Policy: prospects and limits’ to the Workshop on ‘Forty years of Policy & Politics: Critical reflections and strategies for the future’, University of Bristol, 18-19 September 2012.
This interview for the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith Business School took place on Friday 11th June 2010 at Mt Gravatt. It was primarily for students taking the course on ‘Governance and the Core Executive’. The interviewer was Dennis Grube.
The interview covered broad topics:
- Power and its exercise at the centre of government, especially the roles of ministers, staffers and public servants.
- The significance and innovation of the core executive perspective.
- Everyday life at the top of government departments and the work of the departmental court.
- The current debate about presidentialization of the prime minister
With effect from 1 March 2012, I am Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton, England, and from 1 July 2012, I became Professor of Government at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
From April to June, I was ensconced as a Visiting Professor in the USG. It is the number one school of public administration in the Netherlands. The rankings are published by Elsevier (9 October 2010: 86), the Dutch equivalent of the Times Higher Education survey. They are the result of a national survey of academic peers and USG has been top in teaching for the past ten years and in research for the past five years, ever since the research rankings began.
FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO NARRATIVES: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF R. A. W. RHODES, Editor, Public Administration, 1986 to 2010. Guest Editor: Patrick Weller
1. The Irrepressible Rod Rhodes: Contesting Traditions, Blurring Genres
John Wanna, Australian National University and Griffith University and Patrick Weller, Griffith University
2. Was local governance such a good idea? A global comparative perspective
3 The New Orthodoxy: The Differentiated Polity Model
Australian National University
4. Networks: Reified Metaphor or Governance Panacea?
Freie Universität Berlin
5. Core Executive Studies Two Decades On
Dublin City University
6. The Whitehall Programme and after: researching government in time of governance.
Nottingham Trent University
7.Whitehall: A Practitioner’s View
Lord Wilson of Didcot
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
8. From Government to Governance to Governing elites:Rhodes’ contribution to governance theory
Anne Mette Kjær
University of Aarhus
9. Not odious but onerous? Comparative public administration
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
10. It’s Pubic Administration, Rod, but Maybe Not as We know it: British Public Administration in the 2000s.
11 The Study of Public Administration in the United States
University o fOklahoma
12. Governance Ethnographies: possibilities, pitfalls and purpose
University of Manchester
13. Interpreting Interpretivism Interpreting Interpretations: The New Hermeneutics of Public Administration.
University of Sheffield
14. Public Administration as storytelling
University of California
15. Thinking on: a career in public administration
R. A. W. Rhodes
University of Tasmania and Australian National University
Public Administration was first published in 1923. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious journals in its field. This collection provides:
• a history of the journal;
• a portrait of its work; and
• a source book of key articles in the field for undergraduates and postgraduates.
Over the past twenty-five years Public Administration has pioneered new approaches and published many leading articles in the field. A mere 12 articles cannot ‘represent’ the scope and coverage of the journal and, inevitably, the editor makes a personal selection. However, these articles are also the most cited articles since 1986 and include prize winners of the best article of the year. They also reflect the changing subject matter of the journal and its shift from a practitioner to an international academic readership. So, Part 1 comprises theoretical articles, Part 2 contains comparative material, and Part 3 focuses on public management.
- Baron Wilson of Dinton, ‘Portrait of a profession revisited’, Public Administration, 81 (2) 2003: 365-78.
- Hay, Colin. ‘Theory, Stylised Heuristic or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? The Status of Rational Choice Theory in Public Administration’, Public Administration, 82(1), 2004, pp. 39-62.
- Hood, C., ‘A public management for all seasons’, Public Administration 69 (1) 1991: 3-19.
- Klijn, Erik-Hans, Koppenjan, J. and Termeer, K. ‘Managing networks in the public sector: a theoretical study of management strategies in policy networks’, Public Administration 73 (3) 1995: 437-454 1995.
- Lowndes, V. and Skelcher, C. ‘The dynamics of multi-organizational partnerships: an analysis of changing modes of governance’, Public Administration 76 (3) 1998: 313-33.
- Mulgan, R. ‘Accountability’: An ever-expanding concept?’ Public Administration 78 (3) 2000: 555-573.
- Rhodes, R. A. W. ‘The governance narrative’, Public Administration 78 (2) 2000: 345-363 2000.
- Scharpf, F. W. ‘The joint-decision trap – lessons from German federalism and European integration’, Public Administration 66 (3) 1988: 239-278.
- Stewart, J. and Clarke, M. The public-service orientation – issues and dilemmas. Public Administration 65 (2) 1987: 161-77.
- Thoenig, Jean-Claude, ‘Territorial administration and political control: decentralisation in France’, Public Administration 83 (3) 2005: 685-708
- Weller, P. ‘Cabinet Government: an elusive ideal?’ Public Administration, 81 (4) 2003: 701-22
- Williams, P., ‘The competent boundary spanner’, Public Administration80 (1) 2002: 103-124.
It took far longer than I intended but, at last, it is out.
My article entitled ‘The New Governance: governing without Government’ Political Studies (44) 1996: 652-67 was included in this virtual issue of Political Studies. My article was one of the two top voted articles for the 1990s. The editors’ write that this virtual issue was compiled to honour the 60th Anniversary of the Political Studies Association of the UK . It showcases some of the ‘best’ articles published since the launch ofPolitical Studies in 1953. The process for compiling this issue has covered many stages, beginning when the Editorial Board asked as many (former) Chairs of the PSA as possible to select the articles that they personally considered to be the most significant from the Political Studies archive. The list was then sorted by decade and an e-mail survey was conducted with all current PSA members, asking them to vote for the best articles in each decade. The results showed that in each of the six decades there were two articles that clearly ranked above the others. The Editorial Board therefore took the decision to make the issue a compendium of the twelve ‘Top Voted’ articles between 1953 and 2010, and these are the articles which are on-line on the PSA web site @: http://www.psa.ac.uk/