Andrew Coulson


Institute of Local Government Studies

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Research interests

  • Partnerships and governance
  • Economic and environmental strategies
  • Waste management
  • Role of agencies and arms-length companies in the development process
  • Local government in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Procurement
  • Modernisation agenda and local government scrutiny processes

Current and recent projects

  • Leads on INLOGOV scrutiny
  • Leads on INLOGOV seminars
  • Interim evaluation of 2005-2008 European Social Fund (ESF) Co-financing programme, Birmingham City Council
  • Partnerships and governance


Coulson A (2008) ‘Value for Money in PFI Proposals: A Commentary on the UK Treasury Guidelines for Public Sector Comparators’,PublicAdministration, Vol.86, No.2 pp.483-498

Coulson A, Ferrario C (2007) 'Institutional Thickness: Local Governance and Economic Developmentin Birmingham, England (opens in a new window)', in the InternationalJournal of Urban and Regional Research 31, Available at the WileyInterScience website

Coulson A, Campbell A (2007) Local Government in Central and EasternEurope: The Rebirth of Local Democracy, Routledge

Coulson A (2007) 'The Politics of Development Control', Local Economy22.3, pp 223-226

Coulson A (2007) 'Partnership Governance: Being a Non-Executive Director',Local Economy 22.3, pp 302-306

Coulson A (2005) 'Partnerships: Managing Discretion and Accountability’, inNcInroy N, MacDonald S, Diamond J and Southern A (eds) RegenerationManagement: Essays on Working with Complexity, Manchester: Centre for LocalEconomic Strategies

Coulson A (2005) ‘US Local Government: Models for the UK?’ LocalGovernance

Coulson A (2004) ‘Local Politics, Central Power: The Future of RepresentativeLocal Government in England’, Local Government Studies

Coulson A (1998) Client-Contractor Relationships in Ten LocalAuthorities (with five others), Occasional Paper, School of PublicPolicy

Coulson A (1998) Trust and Contracts: Relationships in Local Government,Health and the Public Services (ed) Policy Press

Coulson A (1995) Local Government in Eastern Europe: EstablishingDemocracy at the Grassroots (ed), Edward Elgar

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