About Me

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I am a Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia UK, in my home city of Norwich.

I have held positions around the world including at the University of Sydney, the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA and Swansea University, UK.

My research interests are broad, but are predominately: (i) electoral management (ii) election administration (iii) political leadership. You’ll be able to find my research in many international journals such as Electoral Studies, Government and Opposition and Parliamentary Affairs. My first book, Election Administration and Elite Statecraft, was published by Palgrave in 2012.  Professor Andre Blais kindly called it a ‘masterly study’.   Co-edited books on British Labour Leaders and British Conservative Leaders were published by Biteback in 2015. I am currently working on a fourth book on Comparative Electoral Management for Routledge.

I have written commissioned reports/chapters for national and international organisations such as International IDEA, Venice Commission, Mentor UK, Adfam and the United Nations Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs (VNGOC) and encourage inquiries about further consultancy work.  My research has been externally funded by the AHRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and the McDougall Trust.  I have been invited to disseminate this internationally, including at Harvard University USA, University of Cambridge, UK and South Korea.

I am  co-convener of the ElectoralManagement.com website and Research Network.  I have been the the Lead Fellow on Electoral Modernisation to the All-Party Parliament Parliamentary Group on Democratic Participation.

I support Norwich City FC.  So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll find tweets relating to my research, but also the occasional tweet about the Canaries when they win.  Which is less often, at the moment.

Current Research

I am currently:

  • Working on a survey of electoral management bodies around the world in collaboration with the Venice Commission, Electoral Integrity Project and colleagues from the ElectoralManagement.com
  • Writing up findings from UK’s poll worker surveys, with Alistair Clark.
  • Writing a book on Comparative Electoral Management.
  • Re-developing a methodology, called the neo-statecraft approach, for assessing political leaders, understanding leadership power and understanding policy change.

My research is all available through this website.  Please tell me what you think.  I am always happy to send over copies of papers.