Dr Sam Warner

Research Associate

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I joined the University of Manchester in March 2020 as Research Associate.

I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham, investigating the Industrial Relations Act 1971 as a failed attempt at depoliticised governing. Before joining Manchester, I was an Associate Lecturer at the University of York having previously worked at the University of Birmingham as a Teaching Fellow. I have taught across a range of British politics, political economy and public policy modules.

My research to date is at the intersection between British politics, public policy and political economy. My current role is as Research Officer for a Nuffield Foundation funded project 'Public Expenditure Planning and Control in Complex Times:  A Study of Whitehall Departments’ Relationship to the Treasury (1993-Present)' working with Dave Richards (Manchester), Diane Coyle (Cambridge) and Martin Smith (York). The project investigates a tension that has emerged in the British system of government between highly centralised mechanisms of financial control and an increasingly fragmented system of governance, aiming to better understand Treasury adaptability to this new landscape.

I have published articles in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, British Politics and The Political Quarterly. I am also working on a book project (under contract) drawing on my doctoral research.

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