Comparative Public Policy, Administration and Regulation Research Group

The study of public administration and public policy has been central to the LSE’s mission and the Department of Government has been at the heart of internationally leading comparative public policy and administration research and teaching. More recently, it has extended its scope in the field of regulation.

The CPPAR research group’s core areas of research interest are:

  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Executive Politics

Among the group’s strengths are its international outlook and its methodological and theoretical openness. The group has a substantial breadth and diversity of interests; including the study of public organisations, policy instruments, the interaction between politicians and bureaucrats, implementation and enforcement, sustainability policies, the relationship between expertise and politics, and regulatory policies.

The group has strong links with other research centres at the LSE, in particular the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).


CPPAR co-organises the London Public Policy Seminar series.


Members of the group are editors, past-editors and members of editorial boards on a wide range of internationally leading journals and book series, these include Public Administration, Journal of Public Policy, West European Politics, Journal of Public Administration Theory and Research, Governance, Gouvernement et Action Publique, Journal of European Public Policy, Public Administration Review, Environment and Planning C, and European Journal of Political Research. Martin Lodge and Edward Page are currently co-editing the ‘Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy'.

Current members