Dr Philip Whiteman

Dr Philip Whiteman

Institute of Local Government Studies

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 7491
+44 (0)121 414 8452
Institute of Local Government Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Ph.D (Birmingham)

B.Soc.Sc (Birmingham)


Philip Whiteman is currently pursuing interests on the impact of central government and regulators upon the role, service delivery and performance of local government and other local bodies.  He believes that studies in the central and local dynamic have withered within recent years in favour of literature and discourse on governance models at the expense of fully understanding the theoretical and empirical issues on the ability of central government to steer local governmental institutions. 

He is currently looking at developing a case for researching how guidance is an important instrument for steering local government over and above legislative instruments.


Research interests

  • Central and local government relations
  • Local government representative organisations and associations
  • Regulation, audit and inspection of local and other sub-central organisations by regulatory and audit institutions
  • Performance frameworks and local government and other public sector organisations
  • Local government overview and scrutiny and political management structures

Current and recent projects

  • Research on Engagement Strategies for Local Authorities with Ethical and Standards Difficulties.
  • Research on the Effectiveness and Implementation of Government Guidance documents for local bodies.
  • Research on the implementation of the Roger’s Report on Local Better Regulation in England.
  • Evaluation of historic guidance produced by the Audit Commission on the creation of unitary local authorities.
  • Research on the Role of Regional Centres of Excellence.
  • Evaluation of the National Procurement and Efficiency Strategy in England.
  • Evaluation of Turnaround of Poorly Performance Local Authorities in England.
  • Research of the IDeA’s Political Mentoring Process

Other activities

Other professional appointments

  • Editor of the journal, Local Government Studies. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03003930.asp
  • University of Birmingham representative to the Joint University Council’s Public Administration Committee
  • Independent member of Worcestershire County Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee


Whiteman P., Turner D (2005) ‘Learning from the Experience of Recovery: The Turnaround of Poorly Performing Councils’, Local Government Studies, 31.4

Whiteman P., Turner D (2005) ‘Learning from the Experience of Recovery: The Turnaround of Poorly Performing Councils’ in Martin S (ed) Public Service Improvement

Hughes M., Turner D., Whiteman P (2004) ‘Intervention and Persuasion? Strategies for turnaround in poorly performing councils’, Public Money and Management 24.4, pp 227-34

Hughes M., Skelcher C., Jas P., Whiteman P., Turner D (2004) Learning for the Experience of Recovery. Paths to Recovery, 2nd Annual Report, London: ODPM

Whiteman P (2004) The Role of Political Mentors in Poorly Performing Local Authorities, London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister