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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Director of Teaching (Politics)
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Politics
  • georgina.blakeley

Professional biography

Georgina Blakeley joined The Open University in 2006 from the University of Huddersfield where she was Head of Politics from 2000. She gained a first class honours degree in Modern Languages from the then Polytechnic of Wolverhampton (1987), an MA with distinction in Latin American Politics from the University of Liverpool (1992) and her PhD from the University of Bradford in 2000.

Research interests

Dr Blakeley's research is concentrated in two key areas. The first area covers issues of democracy and democratization in Spanish politics. Recent themes include electoral politics (e.g. 'It's politics stupid.' The Spanish General Election of 2004' (in Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 59, no. 2, 2006);  historical memory (e.g. in 'Digging up Spain's past: consequences of truth and reconciliation', Democratization, vol. 12, no, 1, 2005) and the 15M movement (e.g. ‘Conflict and Deliberation’ in Elstub, S. and McLaverty, P.  (eds.)(2014)  Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases, Edinburgh University Press.     In relation to this area, she is the co-editor of the International Journal of Iberian Studies.

The second area covers issues of citizen participation and urban governance drawing on case studies in Spain (e.g. in 'Local governance and local democracy: the Barcelona model', Local Government Studies, vol. 31, no. 2, 2005) and in the UK (e.g. in 'Governing ourselves: citizen participation and governance in Barcelona and Manchester', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(1), 2010).

Dr Blakeley's editorial work includes a series of three co-edited books on political concepts with Prof Valerie Bryson. The most recent looks at The Impact of Feminism on Political Concepts and Debates (Manchester University Press, 2007).

PhD supervision

Georgina Blakeley welcomes applications to supervise PhD students in the areas of citizen participation and urban governance and Spanish politics, particularly in relation to democracy, democratization and historical memory.

Recent publications include: 

“Keeping up appearances”: Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, “Heresthetics” and the Spanish Law for Political Reform/«Vestir el muñeco»: Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, la «herestética» y la Ley para la Reforma PolíticaRevista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, No. 154, 2016

The Politics of Urban Regeneration (2013) Manchester University Press is a co-authored book with Prof Brendan Evans (University of Huddersfield)

'Evaluating Spain's Reparation Law' Democratization, 20:2, (2013)

Teaching interests

Georgina Blakeley's teaching has concentrated in recent years on producing and then presenting the Level 1 Introduction to Social Sciences foundation module, Introducing the social sciences (DD102). She is currently chair of DD102.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Evaluating Spain's Reparation Law (2012)
Blakeley, Georgina
Democratization, 20(2) (pp. 240-259)
Inclusion: beyond the human? (2010-11)
Blakeley, Georgina
Contemporary Political Theory, 9(4) (pp. 361-370)
Mind the gap: democracy in theory and in practice (2010-11)
Blakeley, Georgina and Bryson, Valerie
Contemporary Political Theory, 9(4) (pp. 359-392)
Governing ourselves: citizen participation and governance in Barcelona and Manchester (2010)
Blakeley, Georgina
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(1) (pp. 130-145)
Citizen participation in East Manchester: from practice to theory (2010)
Blakeley, Georgina and Evans, Brendan
Representation, 46(3) (pp. 325-338)
Who Participates, How and Why in Urban Regeneration Projects? The Case of the New 'City' of East Manchester (2009-02)
Blakeley, Georgina and Evans, Brendan
Social Policy and Administration, 43(1) (pp. 15-32)
Politics as usual? The Trials and Tribulations of the Law of Historical Memory in Spain (2008-09)
Blakeley, Georgina
Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar, 7 (pp. 315-330)
'It's like maintaining a hedge': Constraints on citizen engagement in community regeneration in east Manchester (2008-01)
Blakeley, Georgina and Evans, Brendan
Public Policy and Administration, 23(1) (pp. 100-113)
'It's politics, stupid!’: the Spanish General Election of 2004 (2006-04)
Blakeley, Georgina
Parliamentary Affairs, 59(2) (pp. 331-349)
Local governance and local democracy: the Barcelona model (2005-04)
Blakeley, Georgina
Local Government Studies, 31(2) (pp. 149-165)
Digging up Spain’s past: consequences of truth and reconciliation (2005-01)
Blakeley, Georgina
Democratization, 12(1) (pp. 44-59)
The Regeneration of East Manchester: A Political Analysis (2013-10)
Blakeley, Georgina and Evans, Brendan
ISBN : 978-0-7190-8440-9 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Building local democracy in Barcelona (2004)
Blakeley, Georgina
Studies in Political Science
ISBN : 773462805 | Publisher : Edwin Mellen Press
Conflict and deliberation (2014-01)
Blakeley, Georgina
In: Elstub, Stephen and McLaverty, Peter eds. Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases (pp. 17-33)
ISBN : 9780748643493 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh
Democracy and Democratisation (2007-08)
Blakeley, Georgina
In: Blakeley, Georgina and Bryson, Valerie eds. The impact of feminism on political concepts and debates (pp. 92-109)
ISBN : 9780719075117 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK
Clientelism in the building of state and civil society in Spain (2001-11)
Blakeley, Georgina
In: Piattoni, Simona ed. Clientelism, interests and democratic representation: the European experience in historical and comparative perspective. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
ISBN : 521800331 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge, UK
The impact of feminism on political concepts and debates (2007-08)
Blakeley, Georgina and Bryson, Valerie eds.
ISBN : 9780719075117 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester