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Dr Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey
Lecturer in Public Policy and Management



My research focuses on the policy making process specifically the dynamics of the creation of policy and the role of external interests. I am also interested in how policy is implemented by a range of public service providers and issues relating to equality of access for service users. In specific, my work has looked at the impact of economic, social and political factors on changes in public services; the role of voluntary sector organisations in the creation and delivery of social policy; the privatisation of education and the development of education policy; and the history of social policy and the mixed economy of welfare. I am co-editor for the forthcoming book Understanding Public Services:
A Contemporary Introduction.

I hold a BA (Hons) in Government and History (Cornell University), an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and a PhD in Social Policy (both London School of Economics and Political Science). Before joining the University of York, I was a Lecturer in Public Service Management as well as Course Leader for the MSc Health and Public Service Management at the University of South Wales. I also completed a postdoctoral researcher at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and a one year teaching fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Co-Production and Democratisation of Public Services

Public-Private Partnerships in Public Services

Policy Analysis for a Complex World

Contemporary Issues in Social and Political Science



Current research interests and projects

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the voluntary sector

Public service management

Widening participation in education

Role of interest groups in policy development

Privatisation of public services and mixed economy of welfare


Selected publications

Sarter, E.K. and Cookingham Bailey, E. (Eds.) (2023) Understanding Public Services: A Contemporary Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press. (forthcoming)

Cookingham Bailey, E. with E.K. Sarter and V. Terry (2023) “The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Advocacy Work of Third Sector Organisations in Wales” in J. Rees, R. Macmillan, C. Dayson, C. Damm and C. Bynner (Eds.) Covid-19 and the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK: responses, impacts and adaptation. Bristol: Policy Press. (forthcoming)

Cookingham Bailey, E. (2022) “Education” in P. Alcock, T. Haux, V. McCall and M. May (Eds.) Student’s Companion to Social Policy (6 th Edition) Wiley and Blackwell.

Cookingham Bailey, E. (2021) “Advocacy and Service Delivery in the Voluntary Sector: Exploring the History of Voluntary Sector Activities for New Minority and Migrant Groups in East London, 1970s–1990s”, Voluntas 32: 1408-1418.

West, A. and Bailey, E. (2013) “The Development of the Academies Programme: ‘Privatising’ School-Based Education in England 1986–2013”, British Journal of Educational Studies, 61:2, 137-159


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