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LSE Public Policy Group
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


For enquiries please contact either:


PPG Manager: Jane Tinkler

Tel: +44 (020) 7955 6064
Email: j.tinkler@lse.ac.uk|


PPG Chair: Professor Patrick Dunleavy

Tel: +44 (020) 7955 7178
Email: p.dunleavy@lse.ac.uk|  

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LSE Public Policy Group (PPG) is an independent consultancy and research organisation. 

PPG provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  


Review of new book, Growing the Productivity of Government Services in latest issue of the International Review of Administrative Sciences.

PPG Chair, Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera's new book Growing the Productivity of Public Services has been favourably reviewed in the September issue of the International Review of Administrative Sciences, by Christopher Pollitt, Research Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

He writes:

"This is an important book, one that should be read by academics and practitioners alike. It is also one proof (among others) that books still have a place in the world of learning."

Click here to read the entire review.|

Innovative LSE blogs win UK award for delivering powerful social science impact  

An innovative series of academic blogs from LSE have found new ways of stimulating interest in the socal sciences, scooping LSE Public Policy Group the Times Higher Education award for the best knowledge exchange initiative in higher education during 2011.

Judges at the THE’s Leadership and Management Awards praised the four LSE blogs for the "subtle and powerful" way they influence society and policy in stimulating comment and debate. Judges said that by encouraging hundreds of academics from the School and other universities to share their research and thinking with a wider audience, the blogs showed real impact.

Knowledge-Exchange-2012 The first of the blogs to be established, British Politics and Policy at LSE, is the highest-ranked university blog in the UK and the second-most read economics blog in the country. The Impact of Social Sciences blog - created to disseminate research from a project funded by the Higher Education Finding Council for England – has grown to become a leading international forum for debate on digital scholarship, government policy and publishing models, with around 5,000 visitors a week.

The PPG team, headed by Patrick Dunleavy, Professor in Government at LSE, also runs two newly created blogs - the European Politics and Policy blog (whose brand name is EUROPP ) and the LSE Review of Books. All four blogs bring together expertise from academics, policy-makers and analysts in order  to promote social science debate,  expressed though high-quality writing and editing.

Philip Graham, business alliance manager at Queen’s University Belfast and one of the judges, said that the LSE group had illustrated that knowledge exchange can be much wider than technology transfer and taken academics out of their 'comfort zone'. . He said:: “Their high-quality blog highlights real and important issues

“The comments and debates it generates influences stakeholders and policymakers in a much more subtle and powerful way than traditional lobbying. This is a real example of how social scientists do have, and can demonstrate, real impact.”

Professor Dunleavy said: "We are very pleased that the judges recognized the importance of multi-author blogs (and now Twitter) in finding new ways of connecting serious academic work with people who think deeply about social issues in business, government and the professions. It is a particular coup for the social sciences to win this award against strong competition from physical science projects with a great deal more funding than we have."

Jane Tinkler, manager of the Public Policy Group, said: "There is a huge appetite  amongst well-educated graduates in the UK and overseas for reading and debating the latest thinking on public policy and social change. Our team would like to thank all the several hundred blog authors in LSE, other universities, think tanks and society who’ve helped build the readership of our blogs. "

Three of the blogs are funded by the LSE’s HIEF5 programme for Knowledge Exchange, and the ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ blog is directly funded as part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England research programme.

For more details see the four blogs at:

British Politics and Policy  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/  |

Impact of Social Sciences http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/  |

LSE Review of Books http://www.lsereviewofbooks.com/|

European Politics and Policy  http://www.europp.eu/|

LSE Public Policy Group ranked among world's most influential think tanks

On 25 January 2012, the LSE Public Policy Group was jointly named the world's fourth-best university think tank in a global survey. The rankings, in the annual report of the Think Tank and Civic Society Program of the University of Pennsylvania, compared more than 5,300 think tanks from 120 countries.

Think tanks were assessed on categories including their ability to produce rigorous research, contribute socially innovative ideas and to bridge the gap between policymakers and the public. Reputation among academics, peers and the media was also a factor in the outcome.

Professor Patrick Dunleavy, chair of the Public Policy Group, said: 'Our work is, by definition, about helping to develop better government and public administration so it is pleasing that the benefits the team bring to society have been recognised. Academic work must have public impact to be truly valuable.'

The foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS was also named jointly as the world's fourth-best university think tank in the survey.

Professor Michael Cox, co-director of IDEAS, said: 'We created IDEAS four years ago to try and make a difference by infusing the best academic thinking into global debates on world affairs and it is very gratifying that others feel we've done this. I am especially pleased that this reflects the hard work put in by all our colleagues over this and past years.

Professor Arne Westad, co-director of IDEAS, said: 'Our job is just beginning though – world affairs are moving as fast as we can track them and the need for rigorous analysis and insight is greater than ever.'

The report's publishers said their main aim was to bring international recognition for the important role played by think tanks around the world

The Think Tank and Civic Society Program announced the rankings at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

Moving Social Security Online 

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Speakers' presentations and podcasts of the event are now available here|.

Investigating Academic Impact Conference

Monday 13 June 2011

Presentations and podcasts from the event are now available!  - More details

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