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Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology

Professional biography

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the Association for Cultural Studies; the UK Social Policy Association, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for the Anthropology of North America and the Association for the Anthropology of Policy. I am also a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Research interests

My work has centred on ways in which welfare states have been transformed since the late twentieth century, with a particular interest in how the relationships between welfare, state and nation have been reconstructed. I am fascinated by how understandings of what the 'social' in social policy means, and how its meanings are constructed and contested, particularly in relation to dominant political and managerial conceptions of the public and the public interest. I have an interest in the ways in which national, international and trans-national processes intersect in the reshaping of social welfare, its social relations and its governance systems. These interests are linked by a commitment to making cultural analysis contribute to the analysis of social policy. This is the focus of a book, Changing Welfare, Changing States: New Directions in Social Policy, published by Sage in 2004.

I have a long standing concern with the political, cultural and organizational changes associated with the impact of managerialism on public services and their reform. A collaboration with Janet Newman in 1997 explored The Managerial State (Sage), while more recently we have co-authored Publics, Politics and Power: remaking the public in public services (Sage, 2009). These concerns connect me to the Publics Research Programme of the University's Centre for Citizenship Identities and Governance (CCIG). These issues were also central to an exploration of the role of consumerism in public service reform in the UK through a funded research project Creating Citizen-Consumers: Changing Relationships and Identifications. A book from the project Creating Citizen-Consumers: changing publics and changing public services was published by Sage in January 2007. Details of the project and some of its papers can be found on the Creating Citizen-Consumers: Changing Relationships and Identifications website.

A collaborative project on citizenship that began in Paris in 2007 has recently resulted in a co-authored book with Kathy Coll, Evelina Dagnino and Catherine Neveu: Disputing Citizenship (The Policy Press, 2014). I am also working withNoemi Lendvai, Dave Bainton and Paul Stubbs on the politics of policy translation in transnational settings and a book from this work, Making Policy Move: twowards a politics of translation and assemblage, will be publised by The Policy Press in 2015). Like many others, I continue to be intrigued by the implications of the financial crisis for the future of public services and social welfare.

I have been part of an ESRC funded bilateral research project with Scottish and Swedish colleagues: Governing by Inspection: School Inspection and Educational Governance in Scotland, England and Sweden (2010-2014); and am currently atytached to a ERC funded project at Bristolk University, led by Morag McDermont, on New Sites of Legal Consciousness.

Recent publications include:

Imagined economies: austerity and the moral economy of ‘fairness’. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 30-31 pp. 17–30. (2014)

‘Imagined, real and moral economies’ Culture Unbound, 6 pp. 95–112 (2014)

Baxter, J. and Clarke, J. (2013). Farewell to the tick box inspector? Ofsted and the changing regime of school inspection in England. Oxford Review of Education, 39(5) pp. 702–718.

N. Mahony and J. Clarke (2013‘Public crises, Public Futures’ Cultural Studies, 27(4):  933-954

Contexts: forms of agency and action. In: Pollitt, Christopher ed. Context in Public Policy and Management: The Missing Link? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 22–34.(2013)

'The work of governing' in Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann (eds.) Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

'Generacialismo' (with Janet Newman) Educação & Realidade, Maio/Ago, V.37 n.2: 353-382; 2012

'The Alchemy of Austerity' (with Janet Newman) Critical Social Policy, 32: 299-319. doi:10.1177/0261018312444405; 2012.

'Brave New World? Anglo-American Challenges to Universalism' (with Janet Newman) in A. Antonnen, L. Häikiö and K. Stefánsson (eds) Welfare, Universalism and Diversity. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.

'Austerita e autoritarismo: il populismo impopolare nel Regno Unito' La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali, 2012 N.1: 213-230.

'Introduction: Questioning Citizenships/Questions de citoyennetés' With Catherine Neveu, Kathleen Coll and Evelina Dagnino, Evelina. Citizenship Studies, Dec. 2011, Vol. 15 Issue 8: 945-964; DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2011.627759

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Since coming to The Open University in 1980 I have worked on a wide range of courses, from level one to Master's courses. Although my work has been mainly focused on social policy courses, I have been involved in other courses across the faculty. Most recently I have contributed to Welfare, crime and society (DD208) and Introducing the social sciences (DD101). My final teaching contribution was to work on the production of DD102: a number which brought my Open University career full circle, as I was first appointed to work on D102.

I have also been a visiting scholar at a number of other institutions including NOVA in Oslo, the Danish Social Research Institute (SFI) in Copenhagen, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Central European University in Budapest.

Publications

States of imagination (2014-07)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
Soundings, 57 (pp. 153-169)
Imagined, real and moral economies (2014-03)
Clarke, John
Culture Unbound, 6, Article 5 (pp. 95-112)
Imagined economies: austerity and the moral economy of ‘fairness’ (2014)
Clarke, John
Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 30-31 (pp. 17-30)
Knowledge, authority and judgement: the changing practices of school inspection in England (2014)
Baxter, Jacqueline and Clarke, John
Sisyphus Journal of Education , 2(1) (pp. 106-127)
Farewell to the tick box inspector? Ofsted and the changing regime of school inspection in England (2013-10)
Baxter, Jacqueline and Clarke, John
Oxford Review of Education, 39(5) (pp. 702-718)
The politics of educational change: governance and school inspection in England and Scotland (2013-07)
Ozga, Jenny; Baxter, Jacqueline; Clarke, John; Grek, Sotiria and Lawn, Martin
Swiss Journal of Sociology, 39(2) (pp. 205-224)
Public crises, public futures (2013)
Mahony, Nick and Clarke, John
Cultural Studies, 27(6) (pp. 933-954)
Gerencialismo (2012-05)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
Educação & Realidade, 37(2) (pp. 353-381)
The alchemy of austerity (2012)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
Critical Social Policy, 32(3) (pp. 299-319)
Alla Ricerca di una Big Society? Conservatorismo, coalizioni e controversie (2011)
Clarke, John
La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali, 2011(2) (pp. 183-198)
Enrolling ordinary people: governmental strategies and the avoidance of politics? (2010-12)
Clarke, John
Citizenship Studies, 14(6) (pp. 637-650)
So many strategies, so little time ... making universities modern (2010-12)
Clarke, John
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 3(3) (pp. 91-116)
New New Deals: Reforming Welfare Again? (2010-12)
Clarke, John
Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, 2
Of crises and conjunctures: the problem of the present (2010-11-16)
Clarke, John
Journal of Communication Inquiry, 34(4) (pp. 337-354)
Public management or managing the public? (2010-10)
Clarke, John
Public Policy and Administration, 25(4) (pp. 416-433)
After Neo-Liberalism? (2010)
Clarke, John
Cultural Studies, 24(3) (p 375)
Summoning spectres: crises and their construction (2010)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
Journal of Education Policy, 25(6) (pp. 709-715)
Beyond citizens and consumers? Publics and public service reform (2009-12)
Clarke, John
The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, 2(2) (pp. 33-44)
Programmatic statements and dull empiricism: Foucault’s neo-liberalism and social policy (2009-03)
Clarke, John
Journal of Cultural Economy, 2(1) (pp. 227-231)
Parler de citoyenneté : discours gouvernementaux et vernaculaires (2009)
Clarke, John
Anthropologie et Societés, 33(2) (pp. 43-62)
Living with/in and without neo-liberalism (2008-07)
Clarke, John
Focaal, 2008, Article 10(51) (pp. 135-147)
Power, politics and places: what's not neo-liberal? (2008-07)
Clarke, John
Focaal, 51 (pp. 158-160)
Still policing the crisis? (2008)
Clarke, John
Crime Media Culture, 4(1) (pp. 123-129)
The new citizen in public services: directions and tensions fields (2008)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
Politica - Tidsskrift for Politisk Videnskab, 40(3) (pp. 334-348)
Subordinating the social? Neo-liberalism and the remaking of welfare capitalism (2007-11)
Clarke, John
Cultural Studies, 21(6) (pp. 974-987)
What's in a name? New Labour's citizen-consumers and the remaking of public services (2007-07)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
Cultural Studies, 21(4-5) (pp. 738-757)
Unsettled Connections: Citizen, consumers and the reform of public services (2007)
Clarke, John
Journal of Consumer Culture, 7(2) (pp. 159-178)
Unsettled connections: Citizens, consumers ansd the reform of public services (2007)
Clarke, John
Journal of Consumer Culture, 7(2) (pp. 159-178)
Citizen-consumers and public service reform: At the limits of neo-liberalism? (2007)
Clarke, John
Policy Futures in Education, 5(2) (pp. 239-248)
Consumers, clients or citizens? Politics, policy and practice in the reform of social care (2006-09)
Clarke, John
European Societies, 8(3) (pp. 423-442)
Disorganising the public? (2006-04)
Clarke, John
La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali, 2006(2) (pp. 107-126)
New Labour’s citizens: activated, empowered, responsibilized, abandoned? (2005-11)
Clarke, John
Critical Social Policy, 25(4) (pp. 447-463)
Dissolving the public realm?: The logics and limits of neo-liberalism (2004-01)
Clarke, John
Journal of Social Policy, 33(1) (pp. 27-48)
What’s it for? The work of anthropology and the work of 9/11 (2004)
Clarke, John
Critique of Anthropology, 24(1) (pp. 9-14)
Turning inside out?: Globalization, neo-liberalism and welfare states (2003-12)
Clarke, John
Anthropologica, 45(2) (pp. 201-214)
Tangled webs? Managing local mixed economies of care (1996)
Charlesworth, Julie; Clarke, John and Cochrane, Allan
Public Administration, 74(1) (pp. 67-88)
Managing local mixed economies of care (1995)
Charlesworth, J.; Clarke, J. and Cochrane, A.
Environment and Planning A, 27(9) (pp. 1419-1435)
Disputing Citizenship (2014-01)
Clarke, John; Collins, Kathleen; Dagnino, Evelina and Neveu, Catherine
ISBN : 9781447312529 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order (2nd ed.) (2013-04)
Hall, Stuart; Critcher, Chas; Jefferson, Tony; Clarke, John and Roberts, Brian
ISBN : 9781137007193 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Publics, politics and power: Remaking the public in public services (2009-01)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
ISBN : 9781412948449 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Creating citizen-consumers: Changing Publics and changing public services (2007-02)
Clarke, John; Newman, Janet; Smith, Nick; Vidler, Elizabeth and Westmarland, Louise
ISBN : 9781412921343 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London, UK
Changing Welfare, Changing States: New Directions in Social Policy (2004-03-31)
Clarke, John
ISBN : 0 761942 02 5 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : UK
The politics of deploying community (2016-01-13)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
In: Meade, Rosie R.; Shaw, Mae and Banks, Sarah eds. Politics, power and community development. Rethinking Community Development (pp. 31-46)
ISBN : 9781447317364 | Publisher : Policy Press
Contexts: forms of agency and action (2013)
Clarke, John
In: Pollitt, Christopher ed. Context in Public Policy and Management: The Missing Link? (pp. 22-34)
ISBN : 9781781955130 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham
The work of governing (2012-10)
Clarke, John
In: Coulter, Kendra and Schumann, William R. eds. Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government (pp. 209-232)
ISBN : 9781137009210 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : New York
Brave new world? Anglo-American challenges to universalism (2012)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
In: Anttonen, Anneli; Häikiö, Liisa and Stefánsson, Kolbeinn eds. Welfare, Universalism and Diversity (pp. 90-105)
ISBN : 9781849803830 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham
Citizen-consumers: hyphenation, identification, de-politicization? (2011)
Clarke, John
In: Brückweh, Kerstin ed. The Voice of the Citizen Consumer: a History of Market Research, Consumer Movements, and the Politicall Public Sphere. Studies of the German Historical Institute London (pp. 225-242)
ISBN : 978-0-19-960402-9 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Beyond public and private? The changing welfare mix (2010)
Clarke, John
In: Petmesidou , Maria and Paptheodorou, Christos eds. Social Reforms and the Changing “Public”-“Private” Mix in Social Welfare (pp. 23-38)
ISBN : 978-960-19-0589-1 | Publisher : Ellinika Grammata | Published : Athens
Delivering Choice and Administering Justice: Contested Logics of Public Service (2010)
Clarke, John; Newman, Janet and McDermont, Morag
In: Adler, Michael ed. Administrative Justice in Context (pp. 25-46)
ISBN : 978-1-84113-928-9 | Publisher : Hart Publishing | Published : Oxford
Elusive Publics: knowledge, power and public service reform (2009)
Clarke, John and Newman, Janet
In: Gewirtz, Sharon; Mahony, Pat; Hextall, Ian and Cribb, Alan eds. Changing teacher professionalism: International trends, challenges, and ways forward (pp. 43-53)
ISBN : 9780415467773 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Governance puzzles (2009)
Clarke, John
In: Budd, Leslie and Harris, Lisa eds. e-Governance: Managing or Governing. Routledge e-Business (pp. 29-52)
ISBN : 0-415-96518-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship (2009)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
In: Barnes, Marian and Prior, David eds. Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services (pp. 67-82)
ISBN : 9781847422088 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Awkward customers? Policing in a consumer age (2009)
Westmarland, Louise and Clarke, John
In: Barnes, Marian and Prior, David eds. Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services (pp. 171-188)
ISBN : 978 1 84742 207 1 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Unsettled attachments: National identity, citizenship and welfare (2008)
Clarke, John and Fink, Janet
In: van Oorschot, Wim; Opielka, Michael and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit eds. Culture and Welfare State: Values and Social Policy in Comparative Perspective (pp. 225-244)
ISBN : 978 1 84542 389 6 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham
Reconstructing nation, state and welfare: The transformation of welfare states (2008)
Clarke, John
In: Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin ed. Welfare State Transformations: Comparative Perspectives (pp. 197-209)
ISBN : 978-0-230-20578-9 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Performance paradoxes: The politics of evaluation in public services (2008)
Clarke, John
In: Davis, Howard and Martin, Steve eds. Public Services Inspection in the UK. Reserach Highlights in Social Work (50) (pp. 120-134)
ISBN : 978 1 84310 527 5 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers | Published : London
What's in a name? New labour's citizen-consumers and the remaking of public services (2007-12)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
In: Hansen, Hans Krause and Salskov-Iversen, Dorte eds. Critical perspectives on private authority in global politics
ISBN : 9781403989468 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : UK
Creating citizen-consumers? Public service reform and (un)willing selves (2007)
Clarke, John; Newman, Janet and Westmarland, Louise
In: Maasen, Sabine and Sutter, Barbara eds. On Willing Selves: Neoliberal Politics and the Challenge of Neuroscience (pp. 125-145)
ISBN : 0-230-01343-0 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Governing in the Modern World (2004-11)
Newman, Janet and Clarke, John
In: Steinberg, Deborah Lynn and Johnson, Richard eds. Blairism and the War of Persuasion: Labour’s Passive Revolution (pp. 53-65)
ISBN : 978-0853159926 | Publisher : Lawrence and Wishart | Published : London
Mission accomplished or unfinished business? The impact of managerialization (1994)
Clarke, John; Cochrane, Allan and McLaughlin, Eugene
In: Clarke, John; Cochrane, Allan and McLaughlin, Eugene eds. Managing Social Policy (pp. 226-242)
ISBN : ISBN 08039 77697 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London
Managing Social Policy (1994)
Clarke, John; Cochrane, Allan and McLaughlin, Eugene eds.
ISBN : 9780803977686 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, U.K.