Patrick Dunleavy (born 1952) 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. In addition Dunleavy has been appointed to an ANZSOG Institute for Governance Centenary Chair at the University of Canberra, Australia.
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.
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.
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. Both the Yes and No camps in the independence debate claimed the report to differing extents validated their own arguments and figures. Professor Dunleavy has since declared publicly that the Treasury "badly misrepresents" his research.
Editorships of Journals
- Transitioning to a New Scottish State, by Dunleavy, Patrick with Kippin,Sean and Suss, Joel, Democratic Audit UK, London School of Economics, 2014 UK.
- Theories of the democratic state, edited by Dryzek, John and Dunleavy, Patrick, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2009 UK. (ISBN 9780230542860)
- Developments in British Politics" series (1-8), (ed. Patrick Dunleavy, Richard Heffernan, Philip Cowley & Colin Hay), Palgrave/Macmillan 2006 (ISBN 9781403948434)
- Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice, (London: Pearson Education, 1991)
- Theories of the State: The Politics of Liberal Democracy, (with Brendan O'Leary) Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987 (ISBN 9780333386989)
- Digital Era Governance: IT Corporations, the State, and E-Government, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2006. (ISBN 978-0199296194)
A full list of recent academic papers and other specialist publications is available from Prof Dunleavy's profile page hosted by the LSE.
- Dunleavy, Patrick. "How costly would it be for Scotland to transition to independence?". Democratic Audit. Democratic Audit, UK. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "Fellows - Professor Patrick Dunleavy". ANZSOG Institute for Governance. University of Canberra. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "Professor Patrick Dunleavy". LSE Department of Government staff. London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "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.
- "Patrick Dunleavy". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- Dunleavy, Patrick. "Transitioning to a New Scottish State". 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.
- Dunleavy, Patrick. "Dunleavy – “Demanding but feasible timetable for transition”". The Sunday Post. D C Thomson, Dundee. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "Scottish independence: Prof Patrick Dunleavy makes £200m start-up claim". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "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.
- "Professor Patrick Dunleavy". LSE Research and Expertise. London School of Economics. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
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