Patrick Dunleavy

The lasting achievement of Thatcherism as a political project is that Britain now has three political parties of the right, instead of one

Throughout the twentieth century the Conservative party dominated British politics as an integrated party of the right. Yet since late 1992, the Tories have increasingly struggled to attract the support of a third of voters at elections or in opinion polls. Patrick Dunleavy argues that because of the divisiveness of Thatcherism, the right wing electorate in Britain is now permanently […]

The rise of a robot state? New frontiers for growing the productivity of government services

Conventional wisdom and most national statistics have long treated the productivity of the government services sector as entirely flat. Only a tiny literature considers what actually happened to productivity at the organizational level. Drawing on their pioneering book, Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera argue that we need to radically rethink our attitudes. We should begin adjusting to a public sector […]

The LSE’s simple guide to UK voting systems

The UK uses a wide range of voting systems to elect MPs; MEPs in the European Parliament; members of the devolved parliaments or assemblies in Scotland, Wales and London; councillors in local authorities; and the London Mayor, other city mayors and police commissioners in England. Here Patrick Dunleavy, Tony Travers, and Chris Gilson offer the definitive simple guide to all […]

Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot. Outside the USA, first-past-the-post voting has no tendency at all to produce two party politics

Political science has very few ‘laws’, perhaps explaining why the discipline has so stubbornly clung onto Maurice Duverger’s famous claim that countries using first-past-the-post voting systems will always have two party politics. It is no exaggeration to say that this proposition still underpins whole fields of research. Yet Patrick Dunleavy explains that modern theory and better evidence now show that […]

If Hunt does not go the consequences for government will be catastrophic since the message is that all rules are up in the air

Patrick Dunleavy argues that Jeremy Hunt has run roughshod over the Ministerial Code in his dealings with the Murdochs over the Sky bid, and if Cameron won’t pull the trigger there may be severe implications for government in the long-run.  Jeremy Hunt’s conduct shows the ministerial code is like the pirates’ code in Pirates of the Caribbean – mere guidelines which are not worth the […]

In discussion with Tony Travers and Patrick Dunleavy on the current state of British Politics

Professor Tony Travers and Professor Patrick Dunleavy discuss the impact of the 2012 local elections and the London mayoral election on the future of British Politics.

The Supplementary Vote electoral system again worked very well in London. There is no basis for arguing that voters don’t understand their choices

A recent article on the London mayoral election suggested that the way the public voted showed that a majority of people did not understand the voting system used. Patrick Dunleavy explains why this criticism of the voting system is quite unfounded. Looking back at the mayoral election in London, James Ball writing in the Guardian Comment section outlines some problems as […]

Book Review: Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy? Edited by Stewart Clegg et al.

In this collection of essays Steward Clegg and co-authors envisage the end of bureaucracy, where big corporations and public sector organizations are open and free of constraints. Patrick Dunleavy is intrigued but not convinced, arguing that all forms of ‘beyondism’ and ‘post-x’ social theory are inherently dissatisfying. If the authors really knew what was happening now or next, they’d tell us – instead […]