Gerry Stoker is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton in England. He has authored or edited over 20 books and published over 70 refereed articles or chapters in books. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Hebrew, Portuguese and Chinese.
His most recent book ‘Why Politics Matters’ won the 2006 political book of the year award from the Political Studies Association of the UK. His current research deals with issues of governance in complex settings, political disenchantment in western democracies, citizen empowerment and strategies for encouraging civic behaviour among citizens.
In his research work Professor Stoker is committed to the use of pioneering methods and in particular to approaches that enable evidenced-based policy and practice. In recent work, he has promoted the use of randomized control trials, design experiments and the Boolean techniques to draw lessons from multiple case studies.
Professor Stoker was the founding Chair of the New Local Government Network that was the think tank of the year in the UK in 2004. He has acted as an advisor to the UK government and the Council of Europe on local government issues over the last decade and more. He has written extensively on the management, strategic direction, finance and organisation of local and regional government.
Gerry Stoker's recent research has championed the idea of public value management as an alternative to new public management. He argued at United Nations 6th global forum on reinventing government in 2005 for a new vision of local government as a community governor.
Gerry Stoker travels from United Kingdom