Professor Oliver James

Oliver James is a professor of political science and works on issues in public policy, public administration and regulation. Following his undergraduate BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Anne’s College, the University of Oxford he completed his MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics, University of London. As well as his primary interest in academic research and teaching, he works with public sector organisations in the UK and elsewhere and has acted as a consultant to bodies including the World Bank, OECD, UK Treasury, UK National Audit Office and UK Audit Commission. Formerly, he taught and was a Research Officer at the London School of Economics.

Oliver James conducts research about citizens and public services, public sector organisation – especially the relationship between performance and political and managerial leadership, reform to public service provision, executive politics (particularly politician-bureaucrat relations) and regulation of the public sector. See also the publications section for the main research outputs from this work.

Selected publications:

  • Boyne G, James O, John P, Petrovsky N (In Press). Top Management Turnover and Organizational Performance: a Test of a Contingency Model. Public Administration Review, 71(4), 572-581.
  • James O, Moseley A (2014). Does performance information about public services affect citizens’ perceptions, satisfaction, and voice behaviour? Field experiments with absolute and relative performance information. Public Administration.
  • James O, Boyne G, John P, Petrovsky N (2012). Party Control, Party Competition and Public Service Performance. British Journal of Political Science, 46, 641-660.
  • James O (2011). Performance Measures and Democracy: Information Effects on Citizens in Field and Laboratory Experiments. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(3), 399 – 418.
  • James O (2010). Performance Measures and Democracy: Information Effects on Citizens in Field and Laboratory Experiments. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(doi:10.1093/jopart/muq057), 1-20.
  • Boyne GA, James O, John P, Petrovsky N (2009). Democracy and government performance: holding incumbents accountable in English local governments. Journal of Politics, 71(4).

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