ABOUT THE CONVENOR - by himself.
Hugh Compston is a Reader in the Department of Politics, School of European Studies, Cardiff University, UK. My background is in public policy and before that political economy, and I have extensive experience of organizing collaborative projects and obtaining research grants. I became involved in investigating the politics of climate policy in 2006 when I discovered that relatively little academic research was being done on identifying political strategies that might enable national governments to take more effective action to reduce GHG emissions while avoiding serious political damage.
The Politics of Climate Policy (edited), Special Book Issue of Environmental Politics, 2009. Analyses the nature of climate policy politics in affluent democracies from a number of different theoretical angles in order to improve our understanding of which political strategies would be likely to enable national governments to make deep cuts in GHG emissions while avoiding significant political damage.
Policy Networks and Policy Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Tests propositions about the future of public policy, including climate policy, derived using policy network theory. Research funded by an ESRC grant.
Turning Down The Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies, edited with Ian Bailey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). A broad-ranging review of the contemporary politics of climate policy in affluent democracies, focusing on identifying political strategies that may enable governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding significant political damage.
The Future of Public Policy, World Futures 64(1), 2008. Summary of findings of King Trends book (below).
King Trends and the Future of Public Policy International (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). Uses policy network theory to construct a synoptic account of the directions in which major long-term technological, economic, environmental and social trends are pushing public policy in Europe. Includes analyses of energy policy and climate change policy. Funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.
Handbook of Public Policy in Europe: Britain, France and Germany (edited) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). The first and only comprehensive account of the nature and content of public policy in these countries.
"Beyond Corporatism: A Configurational Theory of Policy Concertation", European Journal of Political Research, 42/6, 2003.
Policy Concertation and Social Partnership: Lessons for the 21st Century (edited with Stefan Berger) (Oxford: Berghahn, 2002). Funded by a grant from the EU.
"Union Power, Policy-Making and Unemployment in Western Europe, 1972-1993", Comparative Political Studies, 30(6), 1997.
The New Politics of Unemployment: Radical Policy Initiatives in Western Europe (edited) (London: Routledge, 1996).