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Research

I am currently pursuing research on the following topics:

1. The Politics of Museums and Galleries

This research has investigated the impact of a range of exogenous and endogenous variables on how museums and galleries staff approach their work. An empirical investigation of the work of managers and conservation, curatorial and education staff in local authority, national and university museums and galleries was funded by a small grant from the British Academy, and this developed from earlier work investigating the impact of an instrumentalisation of museums policy (and whether this had actually occured) undertaken under the auspices of an AHRC project headed by Andrew Newman of Newcastle University. This work has then led into a wider concern with the general politics of the museums sector as a whole.

Associated publications

Clive Gray, 'Instrumental Policies: Causes, Consequences, Museums and Galleries', Cultural Trends, 17, 2008, 209-22 (DoI: 10.1080/09548960802615349) Instrumental policies and museums (Views as of , September, 2017: 774; April, 2018: 860; September 2018: 906)

Clive Gray, 'Museums, Galleries, Politics and Management', Public Policy and Administration, 26, 2011, 45-61 (DoI: 10.1177/0952076710365436) Museums and administrative politics

Vikki McCall & Clive Gray, 'Museums and the "New Museology": Theory, Practice and Organisational Change', Museum Management and Curatorship, 29, 2014, 19-35 (DoI: 10.1080/09647775.2013.869852) Museums and the new museology (Views as of September, 2017: 3175; April, 2018: 3908; September, 2018: 4411)

Clive Gray, The Politics of Museums (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) (ISBN: 978 1 137 49340 8)

Clive Gray, 'Structure, Agency and Museum Policies', Museum and Society, 14 (1), 2016, 116-30 Structure, Agency, Policies

Conference papers/lectures

Clive Gray, Instrumental Policies: Causes, Consequences, Museums and Galleries power-point of paper delivered to AHRC Instrumental Museum and Gallery Workshop, Glasgow, 2007

Clive Gray, Politics, Policies and People: Structure and Agency in Museums and Galleries power-point of lecture at Leicester University, 2010

Clive Gray, 'Museums, Galleries, Politics and Management' power-point of paper to the Public Administration Committee Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan, 2010

Clive Gray, Museums Policy: Structural Invariants and Political Agency?, paper delivered to the Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle, 2012

Clive Gray, Museums and the Management of Complexity, paper to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, Manchester, 2014

Clive Gray, Politics and Museums: In Of, About, power-point of presentation to the Leicester University Department of Museum Studies 50th Anniversary Conference, Leicester, 2016 (Nb. This is not what the fully written-up paper is likely to look like - there are a lot of generalisations in it which really need a fuller discussion and justification than this power-point provides!)

Clive Gray, The Politicisation of Museums, paper to the Annual Conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums, Budapest, 2018

 

2. State Organisations and Cultural Policy

This is an ongoing set of research interests based around how the state manages cultural policy issues through a range of organisations located in central, regional and local governments, and through a range of quasi-governmental organisations. As can be seen this covers a great deal of ground including analyses of what the state does, how it does it, and what difference it makes in the field of cultural policy. The basis of this work lies in political science and the British tradition of public administration.

Associated publications

Clive Gray, The Politics of the Arts in Britain (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2000) (ISBN: 0 333 73413 0)

Clive Gray, 'Selling the Arts: Centre-Periphery Tensions in Commodification Processes', 53-63 in J. Horne (Ed), Leisure Cultures, Consumption and Commodification (Eastbourne, Leisure Studies Association, 2001) (ISBN: 0 906337 85 2)

Clive Gray, 'Local Government and the Arts', Local Government Studies, 28 (1), 2002, 77-90 (DoI: 10.1080/714004133) (Views as of September, 2017: 488; April, 2018: 527; September, 2018: 548)

Clive Gray, 'The Millennium Dome: "Falling From Grace"', Parliamentary Affairs, 56, 2003, 441-55 (DoI: 10.1093/parlij/gsg099)

Clive Gray, 'Joining-Up or Tagging On?: The Arts, Cultural Policy and the View From Below', Public Policy and Administration, 19, (2), 2004, 38-49 (DoI: 10.1177/095207670401900206)

Clive Gray & Rolf Hugoson, 'Culture', pp. 365-72 in H. Compston (Ed), Handbook of Public Policy in Europe' (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) (ISBN: 1-4039-0291-7)

Clive Gray, 'Managing the Unmanageable: the Politics of Cultural Planning', Public Policy and Administration, 21 (2), 2006, 101-13 (DoI: 10.1177/0952077670602100208) Paper

Clive Gray, 'Commodification and Instrumentality in Cultural Policy', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 13, 2007, 203-15 (DoI: 10.1080/10286630701342899) Paper (Views as of September, 2017: 1805; April, 2018: 2029; September, 2018: 2144)

Clive Gray, 'Arts Council England and Public Value: A Critical Review', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 14, 2008, 209-14 (DoI: 10.1080/10286630802106383) Paper (Views as of September, 2017: 708; April, 2018: 762; September, 2018: 790)

Clive Gray, 'Managing Cultural Policy: Pitfalls and Prospects', Public Administration, 87, 2009, 574-85 (DoI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01748.x) Managing Cultural Policy

Cecile Doustaly and Clive Gray, 'Labour and the Arts: Managing Transformation?', pp. 319-38 in A. Kober-Smith, G. Leydier & N. Sowel (Eds), Nouvelle Gestion Publique et reforme des Services Publics sous le New Labour (Toulon, Observatoire de la Societe Britannique, 2010) (ISBN: 978 2952 637572) Paper

Clive Gray & Melvin Wingfield, 'Are Governmental Culture Departments Important?: An Empirical Investigation', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 17, 2011, 590-604 (DoI: 10.1080/10286632.2010.549559) Culture departments (Views as of September, 2017: 805; April, 2018: 848; September, 2018: 860)

Clive Gray, 'Democratic Cultural Policy: Democratic Forms and Policy Consequences', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 18, 2012, 505-18 (DoI: 10.1080/10286632.2012.718911) Democratic (Views as of September, 2017: 1728; April, 2018: 1810; September, 2018: 1853)

Clive Gray, 'Local Government and the Arts Revisited', Local Government Studies, 43, 2017, 315-22 (DoI: 10.1080/03003930.2016.1269758) LG Arts Revisited (This is an update of my 2002 Local Government Studies paper which has been one of the most heavily cited papers from LGS. Views as of September, 2017: 189; April, 2018: 253; September, 2018: 313)

Steven Hadley and Clive Gray, 'Hyperinstrumentalism and Cultural Policy: Means to an End or an End to Meaning?', Cultural Trends, 26, 2017, 95-106 (DoI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1323836) Hyperinstrumentalism (Views as of September, 2017: 242; April, 2018: 608; September, 2018: 677)


Conference papers/lectures

Clive Gray, Democratising Decision-Making and Arts Council England: Implications of Change, power-point of paper to ESRC/Arts Council England seminar, London, 2008

Clive Gray, Arts Education and Museums, power-point of lecture at Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2010

Clive Gray, Democratic Cultural Policy: Which Democracy? Which Culture? Which Policy?, power-point of paper to the 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Jyvaskyla University, Finland, 2010

Clive Gray and Melvin Wingfield, Are Government Culture Departments Important?, power-point of paper to the 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Jyvaskyla University, Finland, 2010

Clive Gray, Local Arts and the Creative Economy, power-point of paper to Arts Council Ireland Arts and Culture in Local Economic Development, conference, Limerick, 2010

Clive Gray, Governments and Culture, power-point of paper to Seminario Internacional - Cultura y Patrimonio: Un Nuevo Ministerio para Chile, Santiago, 2012

Clive Gray, Cultural Policy Under New Labour: Structural, Policy and Behavioural Constraints, power-point of paper to AHRC Seminar on Cultural Policy Under New Labour, seminar, Leeds University, 2013

 

3. Researching Cultural Policy

How can cultural policy be effectively understood and analysed? This research area is a continuing questioning of models, methods and approaches to the study of cultural policy.

Associated publications

Clive Gray, 'Comparing Cultural Policy: A Reformulation', European Journal of Cultural Policy, 2, 1996, 213-22 (Views as of September, 2017: 72; April, 2018: 78; September, 2018: 85)

Clive Gray, 'Analysing Cultural Policy: Incorrigibly Plural or Ontologically Incompatible?', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 16, 2010, 215-30 (DoI: 10.1080/10286630902935160) Analysing (Views as of September, 2017: 654; April, 2018: 705; September, 2018: 800)

Clive Gray, '"Cabined, Cribbed, Confined, Bound In" or "We are Not a Government Poodle": Structure and Agency in Museums and Galleries', Public Policy and Administration, 29, 2014, 185-203 (DoI: 10.1177/0952076713506450) Cabined

Clive Gray, 'Ambiguity and Cultural Policy', Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy, 18, 2015, 61-75 Ambiguity

Clive Gray and Vikki McCall, 'Analysing the Adjectival Museum', ´╗┐Museum and Society´╗┐, 16, 2018, 124-37 Analysing

Conference papers/lectures

Clive Gray, Politics and Culture, conference paper delivered to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, Aberdeen, 2002

Clive Gray, Analysing Cultural Policy, power-point of paper to the 5th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, 2008

Clive Gray, Structure - Power-point, power-point of paper to the 7th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, 2012 (This is a slightly revised version of the power-point that was actually presented to take into account the questions and feedback that were given: the paper (below) is the unrevised version)

Clive Gray, Structure of Cultural Policy, paper presented to the 7th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, 2012

Clive Gray, 'Cabined, Cribbed, Confined, Bound in' or 'We are Not a Government Poodle': Structure and Agency in Museums and Galleries, paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, Cardiff, 2013

Clive Gray, Ambiguity and Cultural Policy, paper presented to the 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Hildesheim University, Hildesheim, 2014

Clive Gray, 'My Name is Legion For We are Many': Cultural Policies, Sectoral Disaggregation and Differentiated Network Specificity, Paper to International Public Policy Conference, Milan, 2015

 

For what they are worth my Google Scholar statistics are: (September, 2017) citations 989; h-index 14; i-index 16: (April, 2018) citations 1119; h-index 14; i-index 17: (September, 2018) citations 1220; h-index 15; i-index 17