Dr Eleanor Woodhouse
Eleanor is Lecturer in Public Policy. She joined the Department in 2020 from the European University Institute (EUI) where she was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow. Eleanor received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (cum laude) from Bocconi University in 2019, before joining the Department of Economics at the EUI for her postdoctoral fellowship.
She holds a Master’s degree in Modern European Studies from UCL and a Bachelor’s degree in French and Italian from Balliol College, Oxford University. She received a Fulbright-Schuman fellowship in 2016/2017 to conduct research at Harvard University’s Department of Economics.
Eleanor spent two years working for the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Education and Culture. This experience shaped the direction of her research, which lies at the interface between political institutions and public administration.
Eleanor’s research spans comparative politics, public administration and public policy. She aims to better understand how agency relations function in modern governance.
Her current projects fall into three strands. In the first, Eleanor explores the political determinants of the adoption of public-private partnerships (PPPs). In a series of papers and a Cambridge Element manuscript (under contract), she theorises and analyses the distributive patterns of PPPs, the way in which their networks are modelled, and their effect on voters.
In the second, Eleanor investigates how national politics can affect local bureaucratic outcomes. Using data on a political scandal in Italy, she provides evidence that a sudden increase in electoral accountability for national deputies can increase corruption amongst local public officials.
In the third, she uses a novel within-country research design to show that changing the national electoral rule from majoritarian to proportional increased the number of women elected, while not decreasing the overall quality of politicians.
- 'Accountability and corruption displacement: evidence from Italy', in Journal of Public Policy.
- 'Chapter 5: New frontiers in the politics of public-private partnerships', with Anthony M. Bertelli, in A Research Agenda for Public–Private Partnerships and the Governance of Infrastructure, Edited by Graeme A. Hodge and Carsten Greve.
- 'Electoral Rules, Women’s Representation and the Qualification of Politicians’, with Paola Profeta, Comparative Political Studies.
- ‘Hybrid Governance and the Attribution of Political Responsibility: Experimental Evidence from the United States’, with Paolo Belardinelli and Anthony Bertelli, in Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory.
- ‘The Political Cost of Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Evidence from Colombian Infrastructure Development’, with Anthony Bertelli and Camila Angulo Amaya, in Governance
- ‘Corruption, Democracy and Infrastructure Agreements’, with Anthony Bertelli and Valentina Mele, in Administration & Society.
- Partnership Communities: Political Accountability and the Success of Infrastructure Development Around the World, with Anthony Bertelli, Michele Castiglioni and Paolo Belardinelli, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, Elements Series.
Please see https://eleanorfwoodhouse.com/research/ for more details.
- Policy Making
- Theories and Actors of the Policy Process