Dr Karen West

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Karen West
Governance, policy making, implementation and evaluation, local service delivery networks, public values and new understandings of policy. My current empirical focus is on policies and public services directed towards the ageing population. I am particularly interested in the participation of older people (particularly the older old) in service design and commissioning decisions as well as their democratic participation. Theoretically, I am currently drawing on post-structuralism, actor network theory and ontological politics and the contribution they can make to make to our understanding of governance and public policy. 

Room: NW 906
Phone: 0121 204 3194
Email: k.west@aston.ac.uk 


  • Issues in Welfare and Public Services
  • Public Policy-Making and Analysis
  • Environmental Policy


  • Public Policy, Public Management and Governance
  • Social Policy: Contemporary Themes and Issues
  • Health Care Organisations and Policies


  • Research Methods and Skills

  • West, K. (2011, forthcoming) ‘Articulating materialist and discursive conceptions of practice in the logics approach to critical policy analysis’ Critical Policy Studies, vol 5/4. 

  • West, K and Davis, P. (2011), ‘What is the Public Value of Government Action? Towards a (New) Pragmatic Approach to Normative Questions in Public Endeavours.’ Public Administration, vol 89/2: pp226-241.

  • Davis, P., West, K. and Yardley, E., (2011). ‘Networks in Open Systems of Governance: the Case of an English Local Older Persons’ Care System, Public Management Review, vol 13/5: pp 683-705.

  • Davis, P. and West, K (2009), ‘What Do Public Values Mean for Public Action? Putting Public Values in their Plural Place.’ American Review of Public Administration, vol 39/6: 602-618.

  • West, K., Review (2008) of John Loughlin, Subnational Government: The French Experience, Public Administration, Vol 86/4:1139-1140.

  • West, K, (2008) Review of Harald Baldersheim and Hellmut Wollmann (eds), The Comparative Study of Local Government and Politics: Overview and Synthesis, Public Administration, Vol 86/3: 871-872.

  • West, K. (2007) Intermunicipal cooperation in France: incentives, instrumentality and ‘coquilles vides, in Hulst, R and Van Montfort, A, Intermunicipal Cooperation in Europe, Kluwer/Springer.

  • Thornley, A and West, K. (2005) ‘The contribution of the Greater London Authority to London’s Strategic PlanningAgenda’, in Johnstone, C. and Whitehead, M, New Horizons in British Urban Planning, Ashgate.

  • West, K. (2005), ‘From bilateral to trilateral governance in local government contracting in France.’ Public Administration, vol 83/2: 473-492.

  • Thornley, A., Rydin, Y, Scanlon, K and West, K (2005), ‘Business Privilege and the Strategic Planning Agenda of the Greater London Authority.’ Urban Studies, Vol 42/20: 1947-1968.

  • West, K. (2004), ‘Is the traditional French model giving way to a new ‘logic of appropriateness’? Lessons from urban waste management.’ Local Government Studies, vol 30/3: 401-422.

  • Rydin, Y. Thornley, A, Scanlon, K and West, K (2004). ‘The Greater London Authority: A Clash of Organizational Cultures.’ Government and Planning C, Vol 22: 55-76.

  • West, K., Scanlon, K., Thornley, A. and Rydin, Y. (2003). ‘The Greater London Authority: Problems of Strategy Integration.’ Policy and Politics, Vol 31/4: 479-496.

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