The Public Administration and Public Policy Specialist Group formed in 1995, with Professor R.A.W. Rhodes as its first Convenor. It organises seminars and conference panels, and provides funding for public policy, administration and management-related events.

The group aims to provide a focus for academics teaching and researching in the fields of public administration, public policy and management. It encompasses both UK and European perspectives, as well as wider comparative interests including the Americas, Africa,  Australaisia and Asia.

The study of public administration is multidisciplinary and can be found located in business schools as well as social science departments, its practitioners occupy positions throughout the public sector as well as those private organisations and NGOs involved in the delivery of public services. There is no one theory or group of theories, but a multiplicity of approaches that draw on political science and economics as well as sociology and philosophy. Our study group explores these approaches and perspectives and encourages all with an interest in public policy, administration and management to collaborate.

The group co-convenors are Prof John Connolly (University of the West of Scotland) and Dr Alice Moseley (University of Exeter). To join or find out more please email us both using the email addresses below. Watch this space for activities taking place throughout the year, as well as details of next year's annual conference in Edinburgh (Spring 2020). You can also now follow us on twitter: @policy_psa

Specialist Groups Convenors: 
Role Name Institution Email
Convenor John Connolly University of the West of Scotland john.connolly@uws.ac.uk
Convenor Alice Moseley University of Exeter A.Moseley@ex.ac.uk