Warwick Business School’s Institute of Governance and Public Management is the focus of our exceptional research strength in the theory and practice of governance at local, national, regional and global levels. The Institute's work, which brings together senior policy-makers, public managers from all levels of government and the public and voluntary services and leading academics, is complemented by expertise in the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and the School of Law.
Theory and Practice of Governance
Researchers cover an extensive array of issues relating to the political, economic and social contexts for governance in a number of different areas, such as global and regional governance, the global economy, corporate governance, the role of international institutions and the relationship between state and non-state actors. Work is centred on the Institute of Governance and Public Management, the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and the School of Law, including the South Asian Research Network.
Organisation of States
Work in the Department of Politics and International Studies' Centre for Studies in Democratization, the Economics Department and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation covers topics such as the theory and growth of the state, political development theory and democratisation. Researchers also study forms of political organisation such as federalism and devolution.
Inter/national Political Economy
Study of political economics forms a significant element of the work of the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. Areas covered include international political economy and the impact of globalisation and regionalisation on national and international political economics. Focussed work is done on the political economics of Europe, Japan and the transitional states of Eastern Europe as well as on foreign aid and development. The Economics Department has extensive expertise in international financial and economic systems and on the focussed on the impact of financial liberalisation in the developing world, particularly Africa.
Researchers have significant expertise in the theory and practice of regionalisation. Concentrated in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and the Department of Politics and International Studies, work encompasses 'new regionalism', the social dimensions of regionalism and the governance of regional economies. Examples of regionalisation studied by researchers include the Asia-Pacific region, the European Union, East Asia and the Middle East.
Researchers work on the processes of policy formation, including the role of pressure groups and other non-state actors, the expression of public policy through laws and they analyse and evaluate the laws once promulgated. The range of public policy studied includes economic and financial, commercial, environmental and educational as well as public policy in Europe, the US and the developing world. This work is centred in the School of Law, the Department of Economics, the Institute of Employment Research, the Institute of Education and Warwick Business School's Institute for Governance and Public Management and Centre for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
Regulation and Legislation
Researchers in the Department of Economics have significant expertise in the area of the regulation of aspects of capitalism; specifically, the regulation of markets, corporations, financial institutions, and private utility providers. Warwick Business School's Centre for Management under Regulation also specialises in the area of regulation, particularly in the areas of performance measurement, environmental regulation and the regulation of utilities while the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation examines the role of international and global institutions in shaping regulation.
Ethics and Morality
Issues such as morality in public life, ethics in business and moral hazard in financial institutions are being studied by our researchers.