Bryony Rudkin

Dramaturgy of political decision making in English local government


Supervisor: Dr Stephen Jeffares

A study of the scene and setting of setting of political decision making in English local government may reflect on how engaged and responsive politicians are to the communities they represent at a time when increasingly the reputation, credibility and authenticity of politicians is  under increased scrutiny in the media in all its forms.  As a reflective practionner – I've been an elected councillor for 18 years – I have access to both 'front' and 'back's' stage of the policy making process and propose using this access to carry out qualitative research.


Having completed my first degree some 30 years ago, I spent 10 years working in parliament and then for a local authority before becoming an elected councillor.  I’m currently Deputy Leader of Ipswich Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Culture and an opposition member on Suffolk County Council.  I work with councils around the country on behalf of the Local Government Association on sector-led improvement, carrying out peer reviews and delivering training and mentoring support.


  • BA (Swansea)
  • MSc (Birmingham)

Research interests

  • History and development of UK local government
  • Theory of policy making
  • Feminist perspectives on policy making

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