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Prof Janet Newman

Prof Janet Newman

Emeritus Professor

Social Policy and Criminology

Course development and teaching

I have contributed to the making of several Open University courses, including Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208), Crime and Justice (DD301) and Personal Lives and Social Policy (DD305).

I regularly teach on international summer schools and programmes for public managers (MBA and MPA programmes) and on doctoral programmes on governance and public policy.

Research interests

My recent research has traced what happens at the interface between activist movements and changing governance regimes. Working the spaces of power: activism, neoliberalism and gendered labour (Bloomsbury, 2012) was based on a four-generation study which also formed the basis of journal outputs in Social Politics, Critical Policy Studies and Local Economy. The research continues, and has led to the creation of a Feminist Policy, Practice and Research Forum, convened jointly with Birkbeck Institute for Social Research.

A related research focus is on the remaking of politics and culture following the banking crisis of 2008 and election of the UK Coalition government in 2010. This has generated publications on the financial crisis (Journal of Education Policy, 2010) on austerity politics (Critical Social Policy, 2012); on local government and neoliberalism (in Policy and Politics, 2011 and forthcoming in Urban Studies); and enactments of governing under austerity (Policy and Politics, 2013).

My wider body of research engages with critical analyses of governance, policy and politics. This spans work on the managerial reforms of the 1990s (Clarke and Newman, 1997), analyses of the politics and policies of New Labour (Newman, 2001), and changing configurations of power associated with the 'modernisation' of European welfare states (Newman, 2005, Newman and Tonkens, 2011).

A particular focus is on changing discourses and practices of publics and publicness. This draws on experience working with public managers and others at the policy/practice interface. It seeks to develop forms of analysis that go beyond both the neo-liberal narrative of decline of the public sphere and its social democratic alternative (2005 Inaugural Lecture; ESRC Seminar Series on Emergent Publics. Publications here include Publics, Politics and Power: changing the public in public services (with J. Clarke: Sage 2009);  Rethinking the Public: innovations in research, theory and politics (with N. Mahony and C. Barnett: Policy Press 2010); and 'Public Leadership as publicmaking', Public Money and Management 2011).

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Books

2012 Working the Spaces of Power: activism, neoliberalism and gendered labour. Bloomsbury Academic.

2011 Participation, Responsibility and Choice: summoning the active citizen in western Europe (with E.Tonkens, ed). Amsterdam University Press.

2010 Rethinking the Public: innovations in research, theory and policy (with Nick Mahony and Clive Barnett, eds). Bristol, Policy Press.

2009 Publics, Politics and Power: changing the public of public services (with John Clarke) London, Sage.

2008 Social Justice: Welfare, Crime and Society (with N.Yeates, eds). Buckingham, Open University Press.

2007 Power, participation and political renewal: case studies in public participation (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan). Bristol, Policy Press.

2007 Creating Citizen-Consumers: changing relationships and identifications (with J.Clarke and L.Westmarland). London, Sage.

2005 Remaking Governance: Peoples, Politics and the Public Sphere. Bristol, Policy Press.

2001 Modernising Governance: New Labour, Policy and Society. London, Sage.

1997 The Managerial State; power, politics and ideology in the remaking of social welfare (with J. Clarke). London, Sage.

1996 Shaping organisational cultures in local government. London, Pearson.

1995 Gender, culture and organisational change (with C. Itzin). London, Routledge.

Forthcoming journals

Newman, J (2013) 'Landscapes of Antagonism: local governance, neoliberalism and austerity'. Urban Studies, in press.

Newman, J (2013) 'Spaces of Power: activism, neoliberalism and gendered labour'. Social Politics, May, in press.

Newman, J (2013) 'Governing the present: activism, neoliberalism and the problem of power and consent', Critical Policy Studies 148, forthcoming.

'Performig New Worlds: Policy, politics and creative labour in hard times'. Invited paper to 40th anniversary issue of Policy and Politics.

'Back to the future? local governance, neoliberalism and austerity'. Accepted for publication in Urban Studies.

'Beyond the deliberative subject? Problems of theory, method and critique in the turn to emotion and affect', Critical Policy Studies, 2013, in press.

Published journals

2012 'Making, contesting and governing the local: Women's labour and the local state'. Local Economy, August. doi: 10.1177/0269094212455300

2012 'The Alchemy of Austerity' (with john Clarke) Critical Social Policy. 32, 3: 299-319.

2011 'Public Leadership as Public-making', Public Money and Management 31, 5: 315-322.

2011 'Boundary Troubles: working the academic-policy interface', Policy and Politics, 39, 4, October: 473-484.

2011 'Debate: neoliberalism and local governance: global contrasts and research priorities', Policy and Politics 39, 3: 445-6.

2011 'The politics of publicness', in J.Pykett, ed, 'Interventions in the `geography of Libertarian Paternalism' Political Geography, published online 15 June 2011.

2011 'Managing in disorderly times', (with M, Noordegraaf) Public Management Review, 13, 4: 513-538.

2010 'Towards a pedagogical state? Summoning the 'empowered' citizen' Citizenship Studies, vol 14, 6: 711-723.

2010 Summoning spectres: crises and their construction (with John Clarke). Journal of Education Policy, 25, 6: 709–715.

2008 'The antagonisms of choice: New Labour and the reform of public services' (with John Clarke). Social Policy and Society, 7, 2: 243-254.

2008 'Remaking the citizen in public services: trajectories and tensions' (with John Clarke). Politica, 40 (3): 334-348.

2008 'Beyond Modernisation: social care and the transformation of welfare governance' (with C. Glendinning and M.Hughes) Journal of Social Policy 37, 4.

2007 'Rethinking the public in troubled times: unsettling nation, state and the liberal public sphere' Public Policy and Administration, 22 (1) 55-75

2007 'What's in a name? New labour's citizen consumers and the remaking of public services'. Cultural Studies 21, 4-5: 738-757

2007 'Democracy and the public realm: towards a progressive agenda?' (with N.Mahony), Soundings 36: 56-66.

2007 'Consumers enter the political stage: the modernisation of health care in Britain and Germany' (with E.Kuhlmann) Journal of European Social Policy 17: 99-111

2006 'Discursive arenas: deliberation and the constitution of identity in participation at local level' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Social Movement Studies 5, 3: 193-207.

2006 'More than a matter of choice? Consumerism and the modernisation of health care' (with E.Vidler) Social Policy Review 18

2006 'A Politics of 'The Public', Soundings 32: 162-176

2006 'Modernisation and the Dynamics of Governance' Zeitschrift fur Sozialreform [Journal of Social Policy Research], 52: 2, Mai

2006 'Discriminating consumers, responsible patients, empowered users' (with E.Vidler) Journal of Social Policy 35, 2: 193-209

2005 'Regendering Governance: perspectives on 'the social' in social policy', Zeitschrift fur Sozialreform [Journal of Social Policy Research], 51/2,221-240

2005 'Constructing accountability: network governance and managerial agency', Public Policy and Administration. 19, 4: 17-33

2005 'Network governance, transformational leadership and the micro politics of public service change'. Sociology, 39, 4: 717-734

2005 'Beyond the New Public Management? Public services and the social investment state', Policy and Politics, 33,4: 657-74 (with B.McKee)

2004 'Central-local relations in an era of multi-level governance: the case of public participation policy in England' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Local Government Studies 30, 2: 245-265

2004 'Power, participation and political renewal; theoretical and empirical perspectives on public participation under New Labour' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Social Politics, 11 (2): 267-279

2004 'Public participation and collaborative governance' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Journal of Social Policy, 33 (2): 203-223

2004 'The micro-politics of deliberation: case studies in public participation' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Contemporary Politics, 10 (2) 93-110

2003 'Transforming the probation service: the 'what works' agenda, organisational change and professional identity' (with S. Nutley). Policy and Politics, 31 (4): 547-63.

2003 'Constituting 'the public' in public participation initiatives' (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan) Public Administration. 81 (2):.275-295

2002 'Changing governance, changing equality? New Labour and the modernisation of public services'. Public Money and Management 22 (1): 7-14.

2002 'What counts is What Works? Constructing evaluations of market mechanisms'. Public Administration 79 (1): 89-104.

Selected book chapters

2013 'But we didn't mean that': feminist projects, governmental appropriations and spaces of politics, in Roseneil, S ed Beyond Citizenship? Feminism and the transformation of belonging. Palgrave.

2011 'Serving the public? Users, consumer and the limits of NPM', in Christensen, T. and Laegreid, P. eds, The Ashgate Research Companion to the New Public Management. Farnham, Ashgate: 349-360.

2010 'Delivering Choice and Administering Justice: Contested Logics of Public Service' (with John Clarke and Morag McDermont) in M. Adler (ed) Administrative Justice in Context. Oxford: Hart Publishing: 25-46. 2010.

2010 'Narrating subversion: assembling citizenship' (with John Clarke). In M.Barnes and D.Prior, eds, Subversive Citizens: agency and resistance in public policy. Policy Press: 67-

2009 'Elusive Publics' knowledge, power and public service reform', in Gewirtz, S et al Changing Teacher Professionalism. Routledge, 2009:43-53

2009 'Re-evaluating knowledge, reframing problems: what works and the modernisation of adult social care', in H-U. Otto, A Polutta and H.Ziegler, eds, Evidence Based Practice: modernising the knowledge base of social work. Barbara Budrich, 61-76.

2009 'Can we decide together? Public participation and collaborative governance', in C.Leggewie and C.Sachesse, eds, Soziale Demokratie, Zivilgesellschaft und Burgertugenden. Frankfurt, Campus. 2008: 251-262.

2008 'Reluctant subjects: citizens, consumers and the reform of public services' (with John Clarke) in H.K.Hansen and D.Salskov-Iversen, eds, Critical perspectives on private authority in global politics. Palgrave-Macmillan, 110-127.

2007 'Governance as cultural practice: texts, talk and the struggle for meaning', in M.Bevir and F.Trentmann, eds, Governance, Consumers and Citizens: agency and resistance in contemporary politics. Palgrave Macmillan 49-68

2004 'Modernising the state: a new style of governance?' in J. Lewis and R. Surrender, eds, Welfare State Change:Towards a Third Way? Oxford University Pres 2004: 69-88.

2004 'Bending bureaucracy: leadership and multi-level governance', in P. du Gay, ed, The Values of Bureacracy. Oxford University Press, 2004: 191-210.

2004 'Governing the modern world' (with J. Clarke) in D.Steinberg and R.Johnson, eds, Blairism and the War of Persuasion: Labour's Passive Revolution. Lawrence and Wishart 2004: 53-65.

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

Last updated: 27 February 2013