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Patrick Dunleavy
Patrick Dunleavy lecturing, c1990s.jpg
Dunleavy lecturing in the 1990s
Born Patrick John Dunleavy
(1952-06-21) 21 June 1952 (age 63)
Nationality British
Alma mater Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Website Official website
Institutions London School of Economics
Main interests
Political science

Patrick John Dunleavy (born 21 June 1952),[1] is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy within the Government Department of the London School of Economics (LSE). He is also Co-Director of Democratic Audit and Chair of the LSE Public Policy Group.[2] In addition Dunleavy has been appointed to an ANZSOG Institute for Governance Centenary Chair at the University of Canberra, Australia.[3]

As an undergraduate Patrick Dunleavy studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating in 1973. He moved to Nuffield College, Oxford to work on his doctoral thesis which was published in 1981 as The Politics of Mass Housing in Britain, 1945-75: Study of Corporate Power and Professional Influence in the Welfare State.[4]

Dunleavy is a prominent political theorist specialising in the fields of public policy and government. His research has focused on the concepts of sectors and sectoral conflicts, rational choice theories of politics, the bureau-shaping model of bureaucracy, and the claimed contemporary public management paradigm of digital era governance. Dunleavy is a frequent blogger on the LSE's British Politics and Policy site and has had an active Twitter account since 2010 commentating predominately on British politics.[5][6]

Dunleavy is also the author of advice texts for humanities and social sciences students, most notably his book Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or thesis (2003).

In June 2014 Prof Dunleavy examined how costly it would be to set up an independent Scottish state in the report Transitioning to a New Scottish State written with Sean Kippin and Joel Suss and commissioned by The Sunday Post.[7][8] Both the Yes and No camps in the independence debate claimed the report to differing extents validated their own arguments and figures.[9] Professor Dunleavy has since declared publicly that the Treasury "badly misrepresents" his research.[10]

Editorships of Journals[edit]

Selected Publications[edit]

A full list of recent academic papers and other specialist publications is available from Prof Dunleavy's profile page hosted by the LSE.[11]


  1. ^ "Dunleavy, Patrick". Library of Congress. Retrieved 23 September 2014. (Patrick John Dunleavy, born 21 June 1952 ...) 
  2. ^ Dunleavy, Patrick. "How costly would it be for Scotland to transition to independence?". Democratic Audit. Democratic Audit, UK. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fellows - Professor Patrick Dunleavy". ANZSOG Institute for Governance. University of Canberra. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Professor Patrick Dunleavy". LSE Department of Government staff. London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Experts analyse and debate recent developments across UK government, politics and policy". British Politics and Policy Blog. London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Patrick Dunleavy". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Dunleavy, Patrick. "Transitioning to a New Scottish State" (PDF). http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/how-costly-would-it-be-for-scotland-to-transition-to-independence/. Democratic Audit, London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Dunleavy, Patrick. "Dunleavy – "Demanding but feasible timetable for transition"". The Sunday Post. D C Thomson, Dundee. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Scottish independence: Prof Patrick Dunleavy makes £200m start-up claim". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Scottish independence: Treasury figure for cost of Yes vote ‘badly misrepresents’ key research – says academic whose own work it was based on". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Professor Patrick Dunleavy". LSE Research and Expertise. London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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FT Adviser
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:07:30 -0700

“The election of Jeremy Corbyn has sent the Labour party out of the centre to the left,” said Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy at the London School of Economics at a media briefing this morning. He added that it is ...


Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:11:15 -0700

Further, bureaucracies are not homogenous structures, and as Patrick Dunleavy (London School of Economics) points out, there is a constant tussle between the interests of high-level and lower-level officials. High-level bureaucrats are often more ...


Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:02:43 -0700

Walter Patrick Dunleavy, longtime purchasing manager for Matlack Inc., the Philadelphia trucking company, one of the founders of the Juniata Park Boys and Girls Club, avid golfer and devoted family man, died Sunday of congestive heart failure. He was ...

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USAPP American Politics and Policy (blog)
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 03:52:30 -0700

Patrick-Dunleavy-thumb1 The social sciences are catching up with other departments in helping shape businesses, writes Patrick Dunleavy. This post first appeared on the LSE Business Review and is cross-posted with permission. When working on a recent ...

Social Europe

Social Europe
Tue, 05 May 2015 05:11:15 -0700

Patrick Dunleavy argues that the decline of two-party politics in the UK sounds the death knell for Duverger's Law, with Britain now having a multi-party system akin to that which exists in other western European countries. The UK's current general ...

Democratic Audit UK

Democratic Audit UK
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:02:06 -0700

Voters are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science, 'Duverger's Law', writes Democratic Audit UK Director Patrick Dunleavy. A multicolour politics? (Credit: @Doug88888 ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 28 May 2014 10:37:47 -0700

An academic has accused the Treasury of a "ludicrous" use of his research in its analysis of the impact of Scottish independence. The Treasury claimed on Monday that research by the London School of Economics had put the cost of setting up an ...

The Conversation AU

The Conversation AU
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:39:45 -0700

The Conversation is funded by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Knight Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alfred P Sloan Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our global publishing ...

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