The Centre for Local & Regional Government Research at Cardiff University is acknowledged internationally as a leading site for research on local government policy and public service improvement. It conducts rigorous, policy relevant research on the governance and management of local public services.
Its work focuses in particular on strategy; public service improvement; local partnership working; central-local relations; citizen engagement; and the regulation and accountability of public services.
Cardiff Business School academics, Dr James Downe, Professor Steve Martin, and Dr Clive Grace have led an international project aimed at improving public services by bringing together policy-makers and practitioners from across the globe.
Two key messages emerging from a major independent assessment of the Welsh Government’s local government policy, led by Professor Steve Martin from Cardiff Business School’s Centre for Local & Regional Government Research, are that urgent action is needed to create user-friendly performance data about local councils and more needs to be done to join up public services in Wales at both local and national levels.
The Welsh Government has asked Professor Steve Martin to take on the role of interim Director of a new Public Policy Institute, which will be launched in the Autumn.
Over the last decade the Centre has attracted almost £9 million in external research funding from research councils, charitable foundations, government departments, the European Union and a range of other agencies. Staff have strong links to senior policy makers in Wales, at UK level and further afield, and their research has had a significant impact on policy and practice. They also have an outstanding record of academic research output and have published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals, 50 official reports, and a co-authored book Public Service Improvement; Theories and Evidence published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
Members of the Centre serve as editors and/or members of the editorial boards of leading academic journals in the field including: the British Journal of Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Administration and Society, Public Administration Review, Local Government Studies, and Public Money and Management. They have also held key positions in academic networks including the Advanced Institute of Management, Economic and Social Research Council and the Public Management Research Association.
Staff also serve in a range of high profile advisory roles with the United Nations, National Trust, Council of Europe, HM Treasury, Department for Communities and Local Government, Electoral Commission, Audit Commission, Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government and the Improvement and Development Agency, and they are regularly asked to contribute to official review and enquiries.
The Centre contributes to a range of leadership and development programmes and leads Cardiff University's MPA, a programme which has been designed specifically to meet the needs of senior public service leaders working in the civil service, health service, local government, police, fire and rescue services and voluntary sector. Further details of its research, teaching and other activities can be accessed via the navigation bar.
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