Page, Edward

Professor Edward Page  


Position held

Department of Government

Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy

Experience keywords:

civil service; public policy and comparative public policy

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Study of bureaucracy and policy making in Britain and in comparative perspective. Recent publications have included work on accountability in bureaucracy and civil service roles in the production of policy, especially in writing primary and secondary legislation. Also leads a research collective with undergraduate students which has published on policy making issues including SpAds, local government lawyers, interest groups, government researchers and academics in the media.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; United States; Europe


German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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+44 (0)20 7849 4629


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Page, Edward C. (2012) Policy without politicians: bureaucratic influence in comparative perspective Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199645138


Page, Edward C. (2011) The civil servant as legislator: law-making in British administration Droit et Societe, 79 (3). 637-655. ISSN 0769-3362

Page, Edward C. (2011) Groups and the limited pluralism of the set-piece consultation The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 4 (1). 175-186. ISSN 1369-1481


Page, Edward C. (2010) Converting the Queen’s Speech promises into legislation British Politics and Policy at LSE (25 May 2010) Blog entry

Page, Edward C. (2010) Accountability as a bureaucratic minefield: lessons from a comparative study West European Politics, 33 (5). 1010-1029. ISSN 0140-2382

Page, Edward C. (2010) Bureaucrats and expertise: elucidating a problematic relationship in three tableaux and six jurisdictions Sociologie du Travail, 52 (2). 255-273. ISSN 0038-0296

Page, Edward C. (2010) Has the Whitehall Model survived? International Review of Administrative Sciences, 76 (3). 407-423. ISSN 0020-8523


Page, Edward C. (2009) Their word is law: Parliamentary Counsel and creative policy analysis Public Law, 2009 (4). 790-811. ISSN 0033-3565


Page, Edward C. (2006) The origins of policy In: Moran, Michael and Rein, Martin and Goodin, Robert E., (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 207-227. ISBN 9780199269280


Lodge, Martin and Page, Edward C. and Hood, Christopher (2005) Conclusion: is competency management a passing fad? Public Administration, 83 (4). 853-860. ISSN 0033-3298


Page, Edward C. (2003) The civil servant as legislator: law making in British administration Public Administration, 81 (4). 651-679. ISSN 0033-3298


Page, Edward C. (2001) Governing by numbers: delegated legislation and everyday policy making Hart Publishing, Oxford. ISBN 9781841132075

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This book offers a direct assessment of the role of bureaucrats in policy making by analysing how they shape policy in making decrees - laws that generally do not pass through full legislative scrutiny

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