Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP)

Established in August 2023, the Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) leads the study of (inter)national, regional and local public administration and public policy.

DPAP is home to the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) which has been undertaking ground-breaking research, teaching, and policy advice on local democracy, public services and co-production for over 60 years, and the Birmingham Leadership Institute (BLI), which was established in 2021 to research and develop the leadership required to make progress on the most pressing contemporary challenges. Study with us to learn from leading experts on public administration, public management and public policy, and join our lively and enthusiastic family of students and alumni from the UK and across the world.

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Blog Posts

Democratising public administration through public-common partnerships: the case of the Citizen Assets Programme in Barcelona
Marina Pera and Sonia Bussu In a recent article titled Towards Democratisation of Public Administration:Public-Commons Partnerships in Barcelona, part of a Special issue on The International Journal of the Commons (edited by Dr Hendrik Wagenaar and Dr Koen Bartels), we explored public-commons partnerships in Barcelona through a relational lens, examining how they might be contributing … Continue reading Democratising public administration through public-common partnerships: the case of the Citizen Assets Programme in Barcelona

Europe’s Largest Local Authority – It’s NUTS!
Chris Game It’s little consolation to the ‘powers that were’ in Birmingham Council House, but the past several months’ headlines about “Europe’s Largest Local Authority” going bankrupt have done wonders for my personal online social networking. From the BBC and Financial Times to the World Socialist International Trotskyists, that headline has made us Brummies suddenly … Continue reading Europe’s Largest Local Authority – It’s NUTS!

Does Parliament discuss Local Government issues?
Steve Watson So far in 2024 (as at 19th March), there have been 26 debates in Parliament to discuss Local Government issues. By way of comparison, there have been 12 debates on illegal immigration, and 16 on energy prices. So, it seems reasonable to conclude that Parliament does discuss Local Government issues, but what issues … Continue reading Does Parliament discuss Local Government issues?

The UK’s Flipping Gender Gap
Chris Game As I’ve aged, I’ve become ever keener to find mnemonic tricks that might help my increasingly faulty memory to recall potentially useful stuff – like, this week, key dates in the history of women’s suffrage. At some point somewhere during the extended celebrations of International Women’s Day (IWD) beyond March 8th, for example, … Continue reading The UK’s Flipping Gender Gap

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