Pathway 13: Politics, Public Policy & Governance (PPPG)

The Politics, Public Policy & Governance thematic pathway’s research training is focused on the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and techniques required for the study of the institutions and practices of government and politics, with a focus on the governance of the UK, Europe and international institutions, and on political, legal and social theory. Researchers in this area work on: the making and implementing of public policy; conceptual and normative questions in political, legal and social theory; political economy and international political economy; rights, constitutions, democracy and party politics; comparative politics; and public management. The training pathway draws on expertise from across the disciplines of politics, history, political economy, law, and business and management studies, and on input from professionals and practitioners. The Policy Institute at King’s, Queen Mary’s Mile End Institute (MEI) and the Centre for Government & Leadership (CGL) all institutionalise ongoing formal relationships with politicians and policy practitioners.

There are four training sub-pathways:

A. Political, Legal & Social Theory: research in this sub-pathway encompasses the study of ideology, the history of political thought, normative and positive political theory, conceptual and theoretical understandings of, for example, rights, democracy, liberty, and political authority, and theoretical perspectives on the international political economy.

King’s College London

MA Political Economy 

MA International Political Economy

MA Global Ethics & Human Values

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public Policy

B. Political Institutions & Behaviour: research in this sub-pathway is focused on British, EU and comparative politics, specifically examining constitutional and parliamentary politics, elections and party politics, gender and politics, and relationships between government and external stakeholders and interests.

King’s College London

MA Political Economy

MA European Political Economy

MA Public Policy 

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public Policy 

MRes Public Services

C. Governance, Public Policy & Regulation: research in this sub-pathway is focused on the study of national and international governance, including the governance of financial services, financial and labour markets, and issue areas such as biological innovation, privacy, political violence and electoral corruption.

King’s College London

MA Public Policy

MSc Public Policy & Management

MA European Political Economy

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public Policy

MRes International Business & Politics

MRes Public Services

D. European Governance: research in this sub-pathway is focused on EU policy and governance and draws on the concentration of EU research at King’s and Queen Mary.

King’s College London

MA European Studies

MA European Political Economy

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public Policy

MRes International Relations

MRes International Business & Politics