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Professor Peter John

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Professor Peter John
  • Name:  Professor Peter John
  • Position:  Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
  • Professor John will be on sabbatical leave from UCL in term 1 and term 2, 2014-15.
  • Room: 1.07, 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
  • Telephone: 020 3108 1145
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Peter John joined UCL in September 2011 as Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. He was previously the Hallsworth Chair of Governance at the University of Manchester, where he directed the Institute of Political and Economic Governance. He holds a D. Phil from the University of Oxford.

He is known for his books on public policy, such as Analysing Public Policy (2nd edition due in 2012) and Making Policy Work (2011). His book with Keith Dowding, Exits, Voices and Social Investment: Citizens’ Reaction to Public Services is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

He has been working on two large projects. The first is on policy agendas in the UK for which he and his collaborators have collected data on what topics the UK government has concentrated on since 1911: see He is using these data for two books: one with Anthony Bertelli (USC) on policy investment, a study of how governments approach risk when selecting policies; the other is with Will Jennings and Shaun Bevan, which is on policy agendas in British politics.

His second project uses experiments to study civic participation in public policy, with the aim of finding out what governments and other public agencies can do to encourage citizens to carry out acts of collective benefit. This work comes together in a book with Bloomsbury Academic, Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think: Using Experiments to Change Civic Behaviour published on 26 August 2011. He is planning to carry out more randomised controlled trails to test how the provision of social information can influence citizen behaviour.

You can see his papers on and follow him on Twitter: @peterjohn10

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