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Prof. Alistair Cole
Head of Department
Email: alistaircole@hkbu.edu.hk
Tel: 3411-5643
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A Word of Welcome from the Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University.

We represent a dynamic community of researchers, academic and teaching staff who produce scholarship on international relations and Europe, Chinese and Hong Kong politics. Members of our department have expertise and research interests in these three cross-cutting thematic areas, which underpin an overarching narrative on comparative forms of regional integration; intra- and inter-state relationships, civil society in authoritarian or semi-democratic contexts and the changing bases of political legitimacy. Our belief in research-led teaching, and our extensive international networks, combine to promote a student-focussed approach which is designed to guarantee a whole person education, in line with the philosophy of the University itself.

I welcome you all to GIS.

Career and Education

Alistair Cole is Head of the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He obtained a 1st in Government and History from the LSE (1980, awarded the Bassett Prize for Political Science) and a D. Phil from Balliol College, Oxford (1986, funded by a BA grant). He held positions in Oxford, Caen, Aston, Keele and Bradford before being named as Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University, Wales- UK in 1999. From 2015-2019, Alistair Cole was Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon, France. He has published extensively, mainly in the field of French, British, and European politics. He has published 20 books (6 single author monographs, 6 co-written monographs, 8 edited or co-edited books), 65 refereed journal articles, 25 professional articles and 62 chapters in edited books. His publications are widely cited (with an H Index of 29 according to Google Scholar). His latest book - Emmanuel Macron and the Two years that Changed France - was published by Manchester University Press in May 2019.

Research Funding and Focus

Alistair Cole has a proven record in obtaining research funding, with 6 grants in last ten years (from the ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, PALSE-IDEX-ANR and as part of a European Commission Jean Monnet network). Funded projects in the past decade have clustered around questions of trust, transparency, convergence and transfer, each involving conceptualisation in a multi-level and/or transnational context. He will continue to work on these questions that are key to understanding comparative forms of regional integration; intra- and inter-state relationships, civil society and the changing bases of political legitimacy.

Grants And Research Reports


Grants (17)

  1. 2016-2019 (Economic and Social Research Council, UK) 'Trust and Transparency in Multi-level governance' Workpackage 4: civil society, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Data, Research and Methods (WISERD, funded as an ESRC- Centre £5M). Co-Investigator.
  2. 2016-2018 (IEP, Lyon) 'Fabriquer la Confiance par la Transparence' (Conseil Scientifique, Sciences Po, Lyon, 5000€). PI.
  3. 2016-2017 'Fabriquer la Confiance par la Transparence' PALSE-IDEX-Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR-11-IDEX-0007, 61,500€). PI.
  4. 2012-2015 'Territorial Governance in Western Europe: between Convergence and Capacity' Leverhulme Trust International Network award. Grant number IN-2012-109. (£74330). PI.
  5. 2014: 'Territorial Governance in Western Europe: between Convergence and Capacity' Collegium de Lyon. (£13,500). PI.
  6. 2011-2012 'The UK's Role in Eurozone Economic Governance: Meeting the Challenge of Economic Reform' (€25,000) COMM/LON/2011/01. Co-Investigator.  Kenneth Dyson was Principal Investigator.
  7. 2008-2011 'Devolution in Wales seminar series'. HEFCW/Innovation and Engagement funding (£12,000), PI.
  8. 'Wales in Europe'. British Council Grant (£4,000) for the conference on Wales in Europe at Wales House, Brussels, July 3-4th 2008, PI.
  9. 2007 'Governing and Governance in France'. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). £33,295. Grant no: AH/E000134/1. Evaluation Outstanding. PI.
  10. 2006-2008 'Devolution in Wales Seminar series' HEFCW/Innovation and Engagement funding (£10,000), PI
  11. 2004-2006 'Governing and Governance in France'. British Academy Larger Research Grant of £14,596. Grant no: LRG-37213. PI.
  12. 2001-2003 'Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany'. £146,518 awarded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Grant no. L219252007. Evaluation Outstanding. PI.
  13. 2000-2002. 'La gouvernance locale du changement dans les systèmes éducatifs français et anglais'. €5,640 GRALE-GIS grant on the programme 'Inter-Territorialité et Performance Institutionnelle'. With Michèle Breuillard, University of  Lille 2. Co-I.
  14. 1999-2000. 'The Governance of Educational Change in England and France'. £5,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation. Grant number: SGS/LB/0278. PI.
  15. 1995-96. £14,098 Research Grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust for the project 'Local Policy Networks in Britain and France'. Grant no:Rf+G/10711. PI.
  16. 1994-96 £81,140 awarded by the ESRC for my project with Dr Peter John (principal investigator) on 'Local Policy Networks in Britain and France'.  Grant no: L311253047. Co.-I.
  17. £3,000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation for 'François Mitterrand: a Study in Political Leadership'. PI.

Research Reports (11)

  1. Cole, 'Fabriquer la confiance par la transparence'. Final Report, Sciences Po Lyon, 2018.
  2. Cole, 'Fabriquer la confiance par la transparence'. Final Report, PALSE, University of Lyon, 2017.
  3. Cole 'Territorial Governance in western Europe between Convergence and Capacity' Leverhulme Trust International Network (2012-109) Final Report November 2015. Report accepted.
  4. Cole 'Governing and Governance in France'. Final report to the AHRC for AH- E000134/1. August 2007. Evaluation: Outstanding.
  5. Cole 'Governing and Governance in France'. Final report to British Academy on the Larger Research Grant of £14,596. Grant no: LRG-37213. Report accepted. April 2006.
  6. Cole (principal investigator), J.B. Jones, J. Loughlin and C. Williams 'Devolution and Centralisation in Wales and Brittany'. ESRC grant L215292007. Evaluation: Outstanding. June 2003.
  7. Cole and M. Breuillard 'La Gouvernance du Changement éducatif en France et en Grande-Bretagne'. Final report for the GRALE-CNRS programme on 'Inter-Territorialité et Performance Institutionnelle' June 2002. Report accepted.
  8. Cole 'The governance of Education in England and France'. Report presented to the Nuffield Foundation, July 2000. Report accepted.
  9. John. And  A. Cole 'Local Policy Networks and Intergovernmental Management in Britain and France: Final Report to the ESRC'. 30 April 1996. Report accepted. Evaluation: Good.
  10. Cole 'Local Policy Networks in France and Britain', Research report. Presented to the Leverhulme Foundation. 28th February 1996. Report accepted.
  11. Cole, ' François Mitterrand: a Political Biography'. Report presented to the Nuffield Foundation, May 1993. Report accepted.



Publications
  1. Alistair Cole (2019) Emmanuel Macron and the Two Years that Changed France Manchester: Manchester University Press ISBN: 978-1-5261-4049-4
  2. Alistair Cole (2017) French Politics and Society London: Routledge, Third edition.
  3. Alistair Cole and Renaud Payre (eds.) (2016) Cities as Political Objects Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  4. Alistair Cole and Ian Stafford (2015) Devolution and Governance: Wales between Capacity and Constraint. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  5. Alistair Cole and Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy (2014) (eds.) The Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Mobilization in Europe: Language Matters. London: Routledge.
  6. Alistair Cole, Vincent Tiberj and Sophie Meunier (2013) (eds) Developments in French Politics 5. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  7. Romain Pasquier, Sébastien Guigner and Alistair Cole (2011) (eds.) Dictionnaire des politiques territoriales. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po. pp 584.
  8. Alistair Cole Governing and Governance in France Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 249.
  9. Alistair Cole, Patrick le Galès and Jonah Levy (eds) Developments in French Politics 4. Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2008, pp. 316.
  10. Alistair Cole, Beyond Devolution and Decentralisation. Building Regional Capacity in Wales and Brittany. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006. pp. 202
  11. Alistair Cole and Gino Raymond (eds) Redefining the French Republic. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006. (ISBN 0-7190-7150-X)
  12. Alistair Cole, Patrick Le Galès and Jonah Levy (eds) Developments in French Politics 3. Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2005.
  13. Alistair Cole, French Politics and Society. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2005. Second edition. pp. 298.
  14. Alistair Cole and Michèle Breuillard L’École entre Etat et territoires en Angleterre et en France. Paris: l’Harmattan, 2003.106pp.
  15. Alistair Cole and Peter John Local Governance in England and France. Routledge: London, 2001. pp. 220.
  16. Alistair Cole Franco-German Relations. Longman: Harlow, 2001. 198pp.
  17. Alistair Cole, French Politics and Society. Prentice Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 1998. 250pp.
  18. Alistair Cole, François Mitterrand: a Study in Political Leadership. Routledge, London, 1997, 225 pp. Second Edition.
  19. Alistair Cole, François Mitterrand: a Study in Political Leadership. Routledge, London, 1994, 220 pp.
  20. Henri Mendras and Alistair Cole, Social Change in Modern France: Towards a Cultural Anthropology of the Fifth Republic. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991, 253 pp.
  21. Alistair Cole (ed.), French Political Parties in Transition. Dartmouth, Aldershot, 221 pp., 1990.
  22. Alistair Cole and Peter Campbell, French Electoral Systems and Elections since 1789. Gower, Aldershot, 1989, pp. 202.

Factionalism in the French Socialist Party, 1971-1981. Oxford University, 1986.



  1. Jean-Baptiste Paul Harguindéguy, Alistair Cole & Romain Pasquier (2019): The variety of decentralization indexes: A review of the literature, Regional & Federal Studies, DOI:10.1080/13597566.2019.1566126
  2. Alistair Cole, Jean-Baptiste Paul Harguindéguy, Romain Pasquier, Ian Stafford and Christian de Visscher (2019): Towards a territorial political capacity approach for studying European regions, Regional & Federal Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2018.1548440
  3. Cole, A. (2018) ‘Crowning Jupiter: the 2017 Electoral Series in Perspective’, Parliamentary Affairs, 71:3, 501-520
  4. Cole, A. (2018) ‘Regard britannique sur la cinquième République: à propos de la « clef de voute » du système’ Revue Politique et Parlementaire, 119 : 1085-1086, 94-102.
  5. Cole, A., Fox, S., Pasquier, R. & Stafford, I. (2018) Political trust in France’s multi-level government, Journal of Trust Research, 8:1, 45-67.
  6. Cole, A., Coller, X. & Harguindeguy, J.-B. (2017)why is the Spanish Upper Chamber so difficult to reform?’ Parliamentary Affairs 70: 3, 530-547.
  7. Harguindéguy, J.-B. & Cole, A. (2017) ‘The Survival of Spanish Provincial Governments in a Quasi-Federal Polity: Reframing the Debate’, International Journal of Public Administration, 40:3, pp. 226-239
  8. Cole, A. & Harguindeguy, J.-B. (2017) ‘Resolving the Social-democratic Dilemma? Andalusia under Pressure (2011-2015) International Journal of Iberian Studies, 30: 1: pp. 21-40.
  9. Cole, A., Pasquier, R., & de Visscher, C. (2016) : ‘ Les régions européennes face à la crise: une grille de lecture comparative’ Revue internationale de politique comparée, 23 :3, pp. 285-300 Special issue editorship.
  10. Cole, A, & de Visscher, C. (2016) ‘Les régions belges face à la crise économique : une recentralisation à distance pour la Wallonie ? Revue internationale de politique comparée 23 :3, pp. 301-326.
  11. Harguindéguy, J-B., Pasquier, R., & Cole, A. (2015) ‘La gouvernance territoriale espagnole à l’épreuve de la crise économique : vers la recentralisation ?’ Critique Internationale 67 :2, 103 - 122.
  12. Cole, A., Harguindéguy, J.-B. Pasquier, R., Stafford I. & de Visscher C. (2015) ‘The States of Convergence of Territorial Governance’ Publius: the Journal of Federalism 45:2, 297-321.
  13. Cole, A. & Pasquier, R. (2015) ‘The Breton Model Between Convergence and Capacity’, Territory, Politics, Governance, 3:1, 51-72
  14. Cole, A. (2014) ‘Not Saying, Not Doing: Convergences, Contingencies and Causal Mechanisms of State Reform and Decentralisation in Hollande’s France’ French Politics 12 (2): 104-135.
  15. Cole, A. (2013) ‘Politics as Normal? The French Presidential and Parliamentary elections of 2012’ Parliamentary Affairs 66 (1): 17-32
  16. Cole, A. & Harguindéguy, J. B. (2013) ‘The Jacobin Republic and Language Rights. Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in France’ Regional and Federal Studies 23:1, 27-46
  17. Harguindéguy, J. B. & Cole, A. (2013) ‘Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in Europe: An Introduction’ Regional and Federal Studies 23:1, 1-7.
  18. Cole, A. (2012) ‘The French State and its Territories’ Public Administration Vol. 90: 2, 335-350.
  19. Cole, A, (2012) ‘Serving the Nation. Devolution and the Civil Service in Wales’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations vol 14, 458-476.
  20. Cole, A. & Pasquier, R. (2012) ‘The impact of European integration on centre/periphery relations: Comparing France and the United-Kingdom’ Politique européenne, 36, pp.160-182
  21. Cole, A. (2012) ‘The Fast Presidency? Nicolas Sarkozy and the political institutions of the Fifth Republic’ Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 16:3, 311-321.
  22. Cole, A. (2011) ‘Prefects in Search of a Role in a Europeanised France’ Journal of Public Policy, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 385-407.
  23. Cole, A (2011) ‘The French Socialist Party and its Radical Ambiguity’ French Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 29-48.
  24. Cole, A., & Palmer, R. (2011) ‘Europeanising Devolution: Wales and the European Union’, British Politics, 6, 3: 379-396.
  25. Cole, A. (2010) ‘State Reform in France: From Public Service to Public Management?’ Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 11, 4: 343-357.
  26. Cole, A. & Eymeri-Douzans, J.-M. (2010) ‘Administrative reforms and mergers in Europe: Research questions and empirical challenges International Review of Administrative Sciences, 76,3: 395-406 (Special issue co-editor)
  27. Harguindéguy, J.-B. & Cole, A. (2009) ‘La politique linguistique de la France à l’épreuve des revendications ethnoterritoriales’, Revue Française de Science Politique 59, 5 : 939-967.
  28. Cole, A., & Palmer, R. (2008) 'Logiques de territorialité et de régionalisation en Europe de l’Ouest' Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest, 39 : 3, 19-36
  29. Cole, A. (2008) ‘Heading the Republic’. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 12:2, 183-191.
  30. Cole, A. & Evans, J. (2007) ‘Utilisation de l’Échelle de Moreno en France et au Royaume Uni’, Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, 14, 4: 545-573.
  31. Cole, A. (2007) ‘La Territorialisation de l’action publique au Royaume Uni’, Revue Française d’Administration Publique, 121-122: 131-144.
  32. Cole, A. (2006) ‘Decentralization in France: Central Steering, Capacity Building and Identity Construction’, French Politics, vol. 4, pp. 31-57.
  33. Cole, A. & Jones, G. (2005) ‘Reshaping the State: Administrative reform and New Public Management in France’, Governance vol. 18. no. 4, pp. 567-588.
  34. Cole, A. & Williams, C. (2004) ‘Institutions, Identities and Lesser-Used Languages in Wales and Brittany’, Regional and Federal Studies, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1-26.
  35. Cole, A. (2004) ‘Devolution and decentralization in Wales and Brittany: a framework for analysis’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 28, no. 2, 2004, pp. 354-368
  36. Cole, A. & Baudewyns, P. (2004) ‘Devolution, Decentralization and Public Opinion in Wales and Brittany’, Comparative European Politics, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 73-96.
  37. Cole, A., Jones J. B., & Storer, A. (2003) ‘Inside the National Assembly for Wales’ Political Quarterly vol. 74, no. 2, pp. 223-232.
  38. Cole, A., Jones, J.B., Loughlin, J., Storer A. & Williams C. (2003) ‘Political Institutions, Policy Preferences and Public Opinion in Wales and Brittany’ Contemporary Wales 16: 88-110.
  39. Cole, A. & Loughlin, J. (2003) ‘Beyond the Unitary State? Public Opinion, Political Institutions and Public Policy in Brittany’, Regional Studies, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 265-276.
  40. Cole, A. (2002) ‘A Strange Affair. The French presidential and parliamentary elections of 2002’ Government and Opposition, vol, 37, no. 3, pp. 65-91.
  41. Cole. A (2002) ‘Understanding Jospin’. In A. Cole (ed.) ‘The Jospin Government 1997-2002’ Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-4, 2002.
  42. Cole, A. (2001) ‘The New Governance of French Education’ Public Administration, vol. 79, no. 3, 2001, pp.707-724
  43. Cole, A. (2001) ‘National and Partisan contexts of Europeanisation: the case of the French socialists’, Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 39, no. 1. March, pp.15-32.
  44. Cole, A, & P. John (2001), ‘Governing Education in England and France’ Public Policy and Administration vol. 16 no. 4 106-125
  45. John, P & Cole, A. (2000) ‘When do countries, sectors and localities matter’? Comparative Political Studies, vol 33, no, 2, March, pp. 248-268.
  46. Cole, A. & Drake, H. (2000) ‘The Europeanisation of French Polity? Continuity, Change and Adaptation’, Journal of European Public Policy, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 26-43.
  47. John, P. & Cole, A. (1999) ‘Political Leadership in the New Urban Governance: Britain and France Compared’, Local Government Studies, vol 25, no. 4, Winter, pp. 98-115.
  48. Cole, A. (1999) ‘The Service Public under Stress’, West European Politics, vol. 22, no. 4, October, pp. 166-184.
  49. Cole, A. (1999) ‘French Socialism in Office: Lessons from Mitterrand and Jospin’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 7, no. 1 February, pp. 71-88
  50. Cole, A. (1998) ‘Political Leadership in Western Europe: Kohl’s Leadership in Comparative Perspective’, German Politics, vol 7, no. 1, April 1998, pp. 120-142.
  51. John, P. & A. Cole (1998) ‘Urban Regimes in Leeds and Lille’ Urban Affairs Review, vol 33, no.3 January, pp. 382- 404.
  52. Cole, A. (1997) ‘Mitterrand’s past: a Review Article’ Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 5, no.3, August, pp. 32-4.
  53. Cole, A. (1997) ‘Governing the Academies: Sub-central Education policy-making in France’ West European Politics, vol. 20, no. 2, April, pp. 137-156.
  54. John, P. & Cole, A. (1995) ‘Models of Local Decision-Making Networks in Britain and France’, Policy and Politics, October, pp. 1-10.
  55. Cole, A. & P. John (1995) 'Local Policy Networks in Britain and France: Policy Co-ordination in Fragmented Political sub-systems', West European Politics, vol. 18, no. 4, October, pp. 88-108.
  56. Cole, A. (1995) ‘La France pour tous? - The French Presidential Elections’ Government and Opposition, vol. 30, no. 3, Summer, pp. 327-346.
  57. Cole, A. (1994) ‘Studying Political Leadership: the case of François Mitterrand’ Political Studies, vol.42 no.4 September. pp. 453-468.
  58. Cole, A. (1994) ‘La Descente aux enfers? The French Greens' General Assembly at Lille, November 1993’, Environmental Politics, vol. 2, no. 3, September, pp.225-232
  59. Cole, A. (1994) 'François Mitterrand: an Interpretation’ Modern and Contemporary France, Vol. NS2, no. 1, January, pp. 3-13.
  60. Cole, A. (1993) 'France and the new Germany', German Politics, vol. 2, no. 3, December, pp. 358-376.
  61. Cole, A. (1993) ‘The Presidential Party and the Fifth Republic’, West European Politics, vol. 16, no. 2, April, pp. 86-103
  62. Cole, A. (1989) `The French Municipal Elections of 12 and 19th March 1989', Modern and Contemporary France, no. 39, October, pp. 23-34.
  63. Cole, A. (1989) ‘The French Socialist Party in Transition’, Modern and Contemporary France, no. 37, April, pp. 1-10.
  64. Cole, A. (1989) ‘Factionalism, the French Socialist Party, and the Fifth Republic: an Explanation of Intra-party Divisions’, European Journal of Political Research, vol. 17, no. 1, January, pp. 77-94.
  65. Cole, A. (1986) ‘The Return of the Right: the French General Election of March 1986’, West European Politics, vol. 9, no. 1, October, pp. 225-32.

  1. Cole, A. (2019) ‘Le référendum ne se fond pas dans le système parlementaire britannique’ La Croix, 3 April 2019
  2. Cole, A. (2018) ‘What’s in a name for French political parties in transition?’ Euronews, 14 March http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/14/what-s-in-a-name-for-french-political-parties-in-transition-view.
  3. Cole, A & Pasquier, R. (2017) ‘Réforme régionale et gouvernance multi-niveaux : la défiance des Français’ Pouvoirs Locaux 109 :1, pp. 3-7.
  4. Cole, A. (2017) « Les métropoles sont les nouveaux acteurs de la compétition économique » Lyon Capitale, 263 (2): 66-67.
  5. Cole, A. (2016) ’Quel scénario de sortie pour le Royaume-Uni’, Fellows, 11, 1-2, 15 September.
  6. Charbon, P., Le Pourhiet, A.-M. & Cole, A. (2016) « L’avenir institutionnel de la Corse » Constitutions. Revue de droit constitutionnel appliqué jan-mars, pp, 27-39.
  7. Cole, A. (2014). 09/2014. "Scotland’s No". La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029. Mis à jour le 3 octobre 2014. Consulté le 16 octobre 2014. Url : http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/scotland-s-no-242450
  8. Cole, A (2014) 09/2014. "Scotland’s Hour of Choice”. La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029. Mis à jour le 4 septembre 2014. Consulté le 5 septembre 2014.Url : http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/scotland-s-hour-of-choice-237813.
  9. Cole, A. (2014) Territorial Governance in Western Europe between Convergence and Capacity Perspectives, no. 12, pp. 10-12, 2014-2015, ISSN: 2263-1577.
  10. Harguindéguy, J.-B., Pasquier, R. & Cole A. (2014) Le processus autonomique espagnol à l’épreuve de la crise économique : vers la recentralisation ? Pouvoirs Locaux. 102 (3) : 3-6.
  11. Cole, A. (2012) ‘Les visages de la décentralisation’ Pouvoirs Locaux, 92, 125-129.
  12. Cole, A. (2010) ‘Interview with Alistair Cole’ ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝA, E1020-311010
  13. Cole, A. (2006) ‘La politique locale de lutte contre la délinquance en Angleterre’. Revue Lamy, 14: 81-83.
  14. Cole, A. (2006) ‘Descentralizarea din Franta’, Altera, 30/31, 5-29
  15. Cole, A. (2006) ‘La décentralisation française vue de l’autre côté de la manche’Actualité Juridique: Droit Administratif 7:337.
  16. Cole, A. (2005) ‘The Grand Design of the European Project’ Times Higher Education Supplement, 2 December, p. 6.
  17. Cole, A. (2004) ‘What’s Distinctive about Wales? Findings from a comparison of Wales with Brittany’. Briefing no. 10, June 2004. ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme. 4pp.
  18. Cole, A. (2004) ‘La Contractualisation vue par un observateur étranger’, Administration et Education, 104: 4, pp. 107-114.
  19. Cole, A. (2003) ‘La Nouvelle gouvernance de l’éducation en France’ Administration et Education, Spring, pp. 86-102.
  20. Cole, A. & Storer, A. (2002) ‘From Opportunity to Obituary?’ Agenda, Spring 2002
  21. Cole, A. (2001) ‘Le point de vue d’Alistair Cole’ Ouest-France, 23 November 2001.
  22. Cole, A., J. B. Jones & A. Storer (2001) ‘Warming to the Assembly’ The Western Mail, 6th August, 2001.
  23. Cole, A. & H. Drake (1998) ‘The Europeanisation of French Politics’? Economic and Political Weekly, 29 August, pp. 99-106.
  24. John, P. & A. Cole (1998) ‘A very different political animal’ Municipal Journal, 13 March, pp. 22-3.
  25. John. P. & Cole, A. (1997) ‘Urban regimes in Britain and France? The cases of Leeds and Lille’, Frontières, no. 9, pp. 37-50.
  26. Cole, A. (1995) ‘Les réseaux locaux de politique publique: le cas de la métropole de Lille’, Les Cahiers du CRAPS, 20, December, pp. 1-20.

  1. Romain Pasquier & Alistair Cole (2018) « La fabrique des espaces régionaux en France : L’Etat contre les territoires ? » in Romain Pasquier & Tudi Kernalagenn (eds.), 1986-2016 : Trente ans des Régions en France, Boulogne-Billancourt: Berger Lavrault, pp.
  2. Cole, A. (2017) « Les tensions territoriales au Royaume-Uni » Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Gérard Marcou, Paris: IRJS Editions (ISBN : 978-2-919211-78-4), pp.
  3. Cole, A. (2017) ‘Dévolution (Royaume Uni) - Approche politique ‘in N. Kada, R., Pasquier, C. Courtecuisse & V. Aubelle (eds) Dictionnaire encyclopédique de la décentralisation Boulogne-Billancourt : Berger-Levrault, pp. 428-432.
  4. Cole, A. (2016) ‘L’administration locale et les élections locales au Royaume-Uni’, in Droit et Gestion des collectivités locales (ed.) Les élections locales françaises 2014-2015 Paris : le Moniteur, pp. 2235-246.
  5. Cole, A. (2016) ‘10 mai 1981 : la victoire de François Mitterrand’, in J.-N. Jeanneney & J. Guérout (eds.) L’Histoire de la France vue d’ailleurs Paris : Editions des Arènes, pp. 584-591
  6. Cole, A. (2015) ‘Le régionalisme au Royaume Uni’. In J.-C. Nemery (ed.), Quelle organisation pour les grandes régions en France et en Europe ? Paris : l’Harmattan, pp. 351-362.
  7. Cole, A. & Harguindéguy, J. B. (2014) ‘The Jacobin Republic and Language Rights. Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in France’. In Alistair Cole and Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy (eds) The Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Mobilization in Europe: Language Matters. London: Routledge, pp. 27-46 .
  8. Harguindéguy, J. B. & Cole, A. (2014) ‘Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in Europe: An Introduction’. In Alistair Cole and Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy (eds) The Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Mobilization in Europe: Language Matters. London: Routledge., 1-7.
  9. Cole, A. (2013) ‘Où va la réforme de l’État en France ? In Eymeri-Douzans, J.-M. and Bouckaert, G. (eds.) La France et ses Administrations. Un état des savoirs. Brussels : Bruylant, pp. 533-548.
  10. Cole, A. (2013) ‘Les gouvernances territoriales en Grande-Bretagne’. In Pasquier, R., Simoulin, V., and Weisbein, J. (2013) (eds.). La gouvernance territoriale. Pratiques, discours et theories. Paris: LGDJ, pp. 97-117.
  11. Cole, A., Meunier, S. & Tiberj, V. (2013) ‘From Sarkozy to Hollande. The New Normal?’ In Cole, A., Meunier, S. and Tiberj, V. (2013) (eds.) Developments in French Politics 5. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 1-18.
  12. Cole, A. & Pasquier, R. (2013) ‘Local and Regional Governance’. In Cole, A., Meunier, S. and Tiberj, V. (2013) (eds.) Developments in French Politics 5. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 69-87.
  13. Cole, A. (2013) ‘Sarkozy’s Political leadership and the Institutions of the Fifth Republic’. In G. Raymond (ed.) The Sarkozy Presidency. Breaking the Mould ?. Basingstoke : Palgrave, pp. 56-78.
  14. Cole, A. (2012) ‘Où en est la coordination territoriale en Angleterre ?’. In Nemery, J.-C. (ed.) RGPP et Réforme des collectivités territoriales. Paris : L’Harmattan, pp. 245-248.
  15. Cole, A. (2012) ‘Les Spécificités territoriales en Grande Bretagne’. In Carles, J. and Regourd, S. (eds) Réformes et mutations des collectivités territoriales. Paris : l’Harmattan, pp. 515-528.
  16. Cole, A. (2011) ‘Logiques de Territorialité et de régionalisation en Europe de l’Ouest’ In Barone, S. (ed.) Les Politiques régionales en France. Paris : la Decouverte, pp.187-203.
  17. Cole A, (2011) ‘Dévolution’. In Romain Pasquier, Sébastien Guignier and Alistair Cole (eds.) Dictionnaire des politiques territoriales. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po.
  18. Cole, A. (2011) ‘Reforming the State in France: From Public Service to Public Management?’ In Eymeri, J.-M. and Pierre, J. (eds) Administrative Reforms and Democratic Governance London: Routledge, pp. 149-161.
  19. Cole, A. & Thuriot, F. (2010) ‘La dévolution et les politiques culturelles : le Pays de Galles et l’Ecosse’. In Diane Saint Pierre and Claudine Audet (eds), Tendances et défis des politiques culturelles : Cas nationaux en perspectives. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 321-344.
  20. Cole, A. (2010) ‘France’. In J. Loughlin, F. Hendriks and A. Lidstrom (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 307-330
  21. Cole, A. (2010) ‘Franco-German Europe’. In Dyson. K., and Sepos, A. (eds) Which Europe? The Politics of Differentiated Integration. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 156-169.
  22. Cole, A. (2010) ‘La Réforme territoriale et les deux visages de la décentralisation’ In Nemery, J.-C. (ed.) Quelles Perspectives pour la Réforme territoriale. Harmattan : Paris, pp. 341-347.
  23. Jones, G. & Cole, A. (2009) ‘Administrative Reform in France’. In Shaun F. Goldfinch and Joe L. Wallis Handbook of Public Administration. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 220-234.
  24. Cole, A. (2008) ‘Franco-German Relations: from Active to Reactive Co-operation'. In Jack Hayward (ed.) Leaderless Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 147-166.
  25. Levy, J. D., Cole, A., & Le Galès, P. (2008) 'From Chirac to Sarkozy: A New France?' In Alistair Cole, Patrick le Galès and Jonah Levy (eds) Developments in French Politics 4. Basingstoke, Palgrave pp. 1-21
  26. Cautrès, B. & Cole, A. (2008) 'The 2007 French elections and beyond '. In Alistair Cole, Patrick le Galès and Jonah Levy (eds) Developments in French Politics 4. Basingstoke, Palgrave pp. 22-41
  27. Cole, A. (2007) ‘France as periphery? The Challenge of Change’. In Altink, H., and Gemie, S. (eds) At the Border. Margins and Peripheries in Modern France, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 25-39.
  28. Cole, A. (2006) ‘La fonction publique galloise à l’heure de la dévolution’. In Dreyfus, Françoise, Eymeri, Jean-Michel Science Politique de l’Administration : une approche comparative. Paris: Economica, pp. 153-169.
  29. Cole, A., & Hanley, D. (2006) ‘French Politics in the Twenty-first Century’. In Alistair Cole and Gino Raymond (eds.) Redefining the French Republic. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 25-43
  30. Cole, A, (2006) ‘Politics on the Periphery. Brittany and Republican France’. In Alistair Cole and Gino Raymond (eds.) Redefining the French Republic. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 44-64
  31. Levy, J.D., Cole, A. & Le Galès, P. (2005) ‘The Shifting Politics of the Fifth Republic’. In Alistair Cole, Patrick Le Galès and Jonah Levy (eds) (2005) Developments in French Politics 3. Palgrave: Basingstoke, pp. 1-17. ISBN 13-978-1-4039-4179-4 (hardback); 13-978-1-4039-4180-0 (paperback)
  32. Cole, A. (2005) ‘Education and Educational Governance’. In A. Cole, P. Le Galès and J. Levy (eds) Developments in French Politics 3. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 195-211.
  33. Cole, A. (2005) ‘Territorial Politics and Welfare Development in France’. In McEwen, N., and Moreno, L. (eds) The Territorial Politics of Welfare. London: Routledge, pp. 85-102.
  34. Cole, A. (2005) ‘Beharrung und Wandel im heutigen Frankriech’ in Frankreich Jahrbuch 2004. Reformpolitik in Frankreich. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 29-45.
  35. Cole, A. (2004) ‘The Presidential and Legislative Election Campaigns of 2002: A Strange Play in Four Acts’. In J. Gaffney (ed.) The French Presidential and Legislative Elections of 2002. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 34-56.
  36. Cole, A. (2003) ‘Stress, Strain and Stability in the French Party System’. In J. Evans (ed.) The French Party System. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 11-26.
  37. Cole, A. (2003) ‘Beyond exceptionalism? Changing patterns of local and regional governance in France’. In J. Ruane, J. Todd and A. Mandeville (eds) Europe’s Old States in the New World Order. The Politics of Transition in Britain, France and Spain. Dublin: University of Dublin Press, pp. 84-100.
  38. Cole, A. (2003) ‘Un laboratoire de richesses : Administration territoriale, gouvernance régionale et adaptation locale en Grande-Bretagne’. In J.-C. Nemery (ed.) Décentralisation et Intercommunalité en France et en Europe. Paris: L’Harmattan, pp. 31-58
  39. Cole, A. (2003) ‘Le Pays de Galles’. In G. Marcou (ed.) Les Régions en Europe entre l’Etat et les collectivités locales. Paris: French Interior Ministry (Centre d’Etudes et de Prévision) pp. 217-235.
  40. Cole, A. (2002) ‘Déconcentration et décentralisation en France et en Grande-Bretagne’. In J.-P. Alliné and R. Carrier (eds) Le Prefet et le developpement local. Paris: Dalloz, pp. 180-202.
  41. Cole, A. & A. Storer (2002) ‘Political Dynamics in the Assembly. An Emerging Policy Community’. In J., Barry Jones and J. Osmond (eds) Building a Civic Culture. Cardiff: Institute of Welsh Affairs, pp. 257-270.
  42. Cole, A. (2000) ‘The Service Publique under Stress’. In R. Elgie (ed.) The Changing French Political System. London: Frank Cass, pp.166-184.
  43. John, P. & A. Cole (2000), ‘Political Leadership in the new Urban Governance: Britain and France compared’. In L. Pratchett (ed.) Renewing Local Democracy? The Modernisation Agenda in British Local Government. London: Frank Cass, pp. 98-115.
  44. John, P. & A. Cole, ‘Policy Networks and Local Political Leadership in Britain and France’. In G. Stoker (ed.) The New Politics of British Local Governance. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, pp. 72-90.
  45. Cole, A. ‘Das französische Parteiensystem in den 90er Jahren: Wandlungstendenzen une Erklärungsmuster’. In S. Ruß, J.Schild, J.Schmidt and I. Stephan (eds) Parteien in Frankreich: Kontinuität und Wandel in der V. Republik. Opladen: Leske und Budrich, 2000, pp. 35-56.
  46. Cole, A. ‘The Party system: the End of Old Certainties?’, in G. Raymond (ed.) Structures of Power in Modern France. Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2000, pp. 19-38.
  47. John, P. & A. Cole ‘Political Leadership in the New Urban Governance: Britain and France Compared’. In L. Pratchett (ed.) Renewing Local Democracy? The Modernisation Agenda in British Local Government. London: Frank Cass, 2000, pp. 98-115.
  48. Cole, A. ‘Un regard britannique sur la question de l’autonomie locale’, in La Caisse des dépôts, Quel Avenir pour l’autonomie des collectivités locales. Paris: Editions de l’Aube, 1999, pp. 129-158.
  49. Cole, A. ‘Les Réseaux et l’espace publique: leçons de France et de Grande-Bretagne’. In B. François and E. Neveu, Espaces Publics Mosaïques: Acteurs, arènes et rhétoriques des débats publics contemporains. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999, pp. 249-266.
  50. John, P. & A. Cole, ‘Sociometric mapping techniques and the comparison of policy networks: economic decision making in Leeds and Lille’, in D. Marsh (ed.) Comparing Policy Networks. Open University Press, Buckingham, 1998, pp. 132-146.
  51. Cole, A. ‘Political Leadership in Western Europe: Kohl’s Leadership in Comparative Perspective’, in C. Clemens and W. Paterson (eds), The Kohl Chancellorship. London: Frank Cass, 1998, pp. 120-142.
  52. Cole, A. ‘The Political Leader and his Heritage’, in M. Maclean (ed.) The Mitterrand Years: Legacy and Evaluation. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998, pp. 246-260.
  53. Cole, A. ‘Réseaux locaux et politiques publiques à Lille et à Rennes’ in D. Paris (ed.) Nord-Pas-de-Calais: changement régional et dynamique des territoires. Lille: ORHA, 1997, pp. 281-295.
  54. Cole, A. ‘The Mitterrand Legacy’ in J.Gaffney and L.Milne (eds), The French Presidential Election of 1995. Aldershot: Avebury, 1997, pp. 43-54.
  55. Cole, A. ‘The French Socialists and the European Union’ in J. Gaffney (ed.), Political Parties in the European Union. London: Routledge, 1996, pp. 71-85.
  56. Cole, A. & P. John ‘Les Réseaux locaux de politique publique en France et en Grande-Bretagne’. In P. Le Galès and M. Thatcher (eds.) Les Réseaux de politique publique: débats autour des ‘policy networks’. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1995, pp. 211-227.
  57. Cole, A. & B. Doherty, ‘The French Greens at the Crossroads’. In C. Rootes and D. Richardson (eds.) The Green Political Challenge. London, Routledge, 1995, pp. 45-65.
  58. Cole, A. ‘A House Divided: the French Socialist Party’. In G. Raymond (ed.), France during the Socialist Years. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1994, pp. 64-89.
  59. Cole, A. ‘The Evolution of the Party System'. In A. Cole, French Political Parties in Transition. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1990, pp. 3-24.
  60. Cole, A. ‘The Return of the Orleanist Right: the Union for French Democracy’. In A. Cole, French Political Parties in Transition. pp. 106-139.
  61. Cole, A. ‘François Mitterrand: from Republican Contender to President of All the French’. In J. Gaffney (ed.) The French Presidential Elections of 1988. Aldershot, Dartmouth, 1989, pp. 37-56.
  62. Cole, A. ‘François Mitterrand: la France unie’. In J. Gaffney (ed.) The French Presidential Elections of 1988. pp. 81-100.

  1. Alistair Cole (2018) France - Global Macron https://presidential-power.com/?p=8411 9 July
  2. Alistair Cole (2018) France - President Macron’s European Window of Opportunity: Double or Quits? https://presidential-power.com/?p=8128 14 May
  3. Alistair Cole (2018) France - Emmanuel Macron as the new ‘fast’ president https://presidential-power.com/?p=8128 12 March
  4. Alistair Cole (2018) France - President Macron’s political leadership: The personal dimension https://presidential-power.com/?p=7438 10 January
  5. Alistair Cole (2017) France - Emmanuel Macron’s Triple Language https://presidential-power.com/?p=7127 1 November
  6. Alistair Cole (2017) ‘ Of mechanics and engineering: institutional continuities and partisan realignment in Macron’s France ’, 13th June 2017 http://presidential-power.com/?p=6595
  7. Alistair Cole (2017) ‘ France - Of volcanoes and earthquakes: Looking back on the first round of the presidential election ’, 2nd May 2017. http://presidential-power.com/?p=6383
  8. Alistair Cole (2017) ’ Emmanuel Macron: a Sign of the Times? ’http://presidential-power.com/?p=6184
  9. Alistair Cole (2017) ‘A Strange Affair: The 2017 Presidential Election Campaign in France’ http://presidential-power.com/?p=6117
  10. Alistair Cole (2017) France - Président Fillon: faute de mieux? http://presidential-power.com/?p=6071
  11. Alistair Cole (2017) ‘France - The Socialists in Search of Survival’ http://presidential-power.com/?p=5913
  12. Alistair Cole (2016) France - Bye bye Mr Sarkozy, hello Mr Nobody http://presidential-power.com/?p=5677
  13. Alistair Cole (2016) ‘France - Nicolas Sarkozy: On the Road To Nowhere?’ http://presidential-power.com/?p=5396
  14. Alistair Cole (2016) ‘Michel Rocard: The man who never became President’ http://presidential-power.com/?p=5148
  15. Alistair Cole (2016)’ The French President: Changing Times Afoot, Challenging Times’ Ahead: http://presidential-power.com/?p=4412

  1. Cole, A. (2017) Philippe Aldrin, Lucie Bargel, Nicolas Bué et Christine Pina (dir) Politiques de l’alternance. Sociologie des changements (de) politique Vulaines-sur-Seine : Editions du Croquant. Revue française de science Politique 67 (1), pp. 177-78.
  2. Cole, A. (2017) A Divided Republic. Nation, State and Citizenship in Contemporary France, by Emile Chabal (Cambridge: U.P., 2015, pp. ix-xii + 301), English Historical Review, cex261, https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cex261
  3. Cole, A (2013) Comparing Devolved Governance by Derek Birrell, Public Administration 91 (2), 519-520.
  4. Cole, A (2006) La Capacité Politique des Régions: Une Comparaison France/Espagne’ by Romain Pasquier, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (1), 241-242.
  5. Cole, A. (2002) Semi-presidentialism in Europe by Robert Elgie (ed.), Political Studies, 50 (2), 412-413.
  6. Cole, A. (2002) France and European Integration: Towards a Transnational Polity? By Michael Gueldry, West European Politics 25 (3), 223.
  7. Cole, A. (2001) The Politics of Telecommunications. National Institutions, Convergence, and Change in Britain and France. By Mark Thatcher, West European Politics 24 (1), 242-243.
  8. Cole, A. (2001) Social democratic parties in the European Union: History, organization, policies. By R. Ladrech and P.Marlière (eds) Party Politics 6 (3), 385-386
  9. Cole A. (2000) The long presidency. France in the Mitterrand years, 1981-1995. By Julius Friend, West European Politics 23 (3), 237-238
  10. Cole, A (1999) Governing a city: Besancon 1959-1989. By Olivier Borraz, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 24 (2), 499-501
  11. Cole, A. (1998) The non-profit sector in France. By Edith Archamault, Local Government Studies 24 (1), 135-137
  12. Cole, A, (1986) Literature and the Left in France By J.E.Flowers, West European Politics, 9 (1),

Esteem Indicators and Impact

Membership of Research Councils and advisory boards

  • 2015-17. Member of the French National Research Agency (ANR) Evaluation Committee no. 8/26, Innovation et Travail, 2017, 2016 & 2015.
  • 2010-2014. Vice-Chair of the (ESRC) Economic and Social Research Council's Grant Assessment Panel B
  • 2007-2008. Member of the French CNRS Political Science Committee (section 40)
  • 2001-2004. Member of the (ESRC) Economic and Social Research Council's Politics, Economics and Geography College.
  • 2015-19. Member of the project evaluation panel, FNRS (Belgique)
  • Reviewer for applications from National Research Councils of Estonia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong.

Membership of professional societies

  • Fellow of Royal Society of Wales, 2015-
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, 2011-
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2011-
  • Member of the Franco-British Council, 2010-
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2009-
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2009-

Visiting Professorships and Fellowships (40)

  • August 2019. Visiting Scholar, University of Hokkeido, Japan
  • April 2019. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • June 2018. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • March 2018. Guest Professor (M-level course) at the Ecole normale d'Administration, Strasbourg, France
  • June 2016. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • March 2016. Guest Professor (M-level course) at the Ecole normale d'Administration, Strasbourg, France
  • November 2015. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France
  • March 2015. Guest Professor (M-level course), Ecole normale d'Administration, Strasbourg, France
  • February 2015. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • February-December 2014, Resident at the Collegium de Lyon, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lyon, France.
  • June 2013. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • January - March, 2013. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • June 2012. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • May 2012. Visiting Professor, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
  • February - April, 2012. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • January 2012. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France.
  • May 2011. Visiting Professor, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
  • February - April 2011. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France.
  • December 2010. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • September 2010. Visiting Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
  • May 2010. Visiting Professor. University of Reims, France
  • February - April 2010. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • January 2010. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • February - April 2009. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • 2009-2012. External Research Fellow, Centre Européen, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • December 2008. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • February - April 2008. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1- Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • December 2007. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France
  • January - June 2007. Vincent Wright Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • February - April 2006. Visiting Professor. University of Paris 1- Sorbonne-Panthéon, France
  • 2006-2009. External Research Fellow, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • January 2006. Visiting Professor. University of Reims, France
  • January 2005. Visiting Professor. Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France.
  • May 2004. Research Fellow. Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • January 2004.Visiting Professor. Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France
  • December 2003. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France.
  • April - June 2002. Guest Researcher, OIP, Sciences Po, Paris, France.
  • December 2000. Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France
  • 1996 - present. Associate Researcher, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France.
  • 1997-1998. Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Political Studies, Lille, France.

Good Citizenship

  • Frequent reviewer for leading academic journals and publishers, including: OUP, CUP, Palgrave, Routledge, Continuum, Political Studies, Public Administration, Governance, West European Politics, French Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Political Science Review, Qualitative Research, French Historical Studies, Party Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Publius, Local Government Studies, Revue Française d'Administration Publique, Politique européenne, Gouvernement et Action Publique, Political Quarterly, Journal of Legislative Studies, International Review of Administrative Sciences, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Scandinavian Political Studies, Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Social Policy and Administration, Urban Affairs Review, Policy and Politics.
  • I have sat on regular appointments committees in the UK and France (inter alia: Paris 1, Ecole normale supérieur de Lyon, IEP Toulouse, IEP Lyon, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Cardiff University, Keele University, LSE, Collegium de Lyon).



Research Supervisions and Examinations

PhD Supervisions

I have successfully supervised the following PhD students:

  1. Francesca Dickson, 'Paradiplomacy and the State of the Nation: A Comparative Analysis', Cardiff University 2018
  2. Sara Jones 'A Game of Chinese Whispers: An Analysis of the Implementation of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification' Cardiff University, 2016
  3. Alex Tuck 'Spain's National Cycling Tour and the Politics of Regional and National Identity, 1975-2000'. Cardiff University, 2015.
  4. Pamela Schmidt 'The UMP in France: Foundations, Development and Case Studies of a new party in Hauts-de-Seine and Yvelines' Cardiff University 2012.
  5. Mark Jordan, 'Contextualising and Comparing the Policing of Public Disorder in France and Britain', Cardiff University 2012
  6. Mark Pollentine 'Constructing the Responsibility to Protect', Cardiff University, 2012
  7. Paula Portas 'The Poetics of Politics : Narrative Production of National Identity in Contemporary Galicia, 1970-1989', Cardiff University 2011
  8. Frankie Asare-Donkoh ' Multi-level governance and EU Regional Policy : the case of Wales' Cardiff University, 2010
  9. Felicia Owusu 'A Decade of Devolution in Wales: Building Legitimacy and Capacity' Cardiff University, Cardiff University, 2009.
  10. Michael McAna 'The Front National in Power : Toulon and Orange', Bradford University, 2002.
  11. Philip Burbridge 'The Impact of European Integration on the Danish and British Party Systems', Univerity of Central Lancashire 2001
  12. Gary Kenning 'Revolution and Marxism in Cuba' Bradford University 1999.



PhD Examinations (23)

I have been external examiner for the following PhD theses:

  1. Sylvain le Berre, «L'investissement politique du futur: un mode de légitimation et de Une comparaison Bretagne, Pays-de- Galles, Québec», Université de Rennes 1, 24 novembre 2017.
  2. Martin Siloret, «La structuration partisane de l'écologie politique: une comparaison Bretagne-Pays de Galles (1974-1995)» Université de Rennes 2, 10 novembre, 2017.
  3. Justin Lawaree, 'L'étude de l'intégration d'une innovation politico-administrative au prisme de l'action des acteurs : le cas des pôles de compétitivité en Wallonie de 2005-2014' Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique, June 2 2017.
  4. Jean-François Payette, 'Quelle politique étrangère? Étude critique sur les relations internationales du Québec', University of Lyon 3, 2016.
  5. Clément Pin, 'La gouvernance territoriale de l'innovation, entre région et métropole Une comparaison Ile-de-France / Lombardie' Paris 13 University, France, 2015
  6. Maxime Guillemin, 'L'exceptionnalisme religieux et la Constitution américaine' Reims University, France, 2015
  7. Thomas Speller, 'Challenge of Reform : Explaining Paradigm Shifts in Compulsory Education in the United States, England and France', University of Oxford, 2012.
  8. Thibaud Boncourt, 'L'Internationalisation de la Science Politique : Une Comparaison Franco-Britannique (1945-2010) 'IEP Bordeaux, France, 2011
  9. Richard Anderson, 'The Far-Right in the UK : the BNP in Comparative Perspective', University of Bradford, 2011
  10. Claire Dupuy, 'Politiques publiques, territoires et inégalités. Les politiques régionales d'éducation en France et en Allemagne (1969-2004)', Sciences Po, Paris, France, 2010.
  11. Nadia Al-Said, 'The GCG : Cooperation and Development in a New World Order' Cardiff University 2010.
  12. Christopher Lewis, 'Devolution and public policy in Scotland and Wales : a joined-up governance approach and the cases of special educational needs and adult comunity learning', Swansea University, 2009
  13. Sylvie Diart-Boucher, 'La Reglementation Vitivinicole champenoise', University of Reims, France, 2006.
  14. Roisin Wilmott, 'The Implementation of EU Regional Policy in Wales', Cardiff University, 2005
  15. Mark Lang 'The Labour Party, the Trade Unions and Devolution in Wales' Cardiff University, 2005
  16. Emily Charrette, 'Environmental politics in Wales and Brittany', Aberystwyth University , 2004
  17. Hulya Oztel, 'Economic Development Partnerships in France : An Empirical Investigation of Inter-Orgnaisational Learning', University of Warwick, 2004.
  18. Glyn Jones, 'The Effects of the 1989-97 French administrative Reforms on the Ministerial Field Services : The Explanatory Insights of Burgelman's model of the Interaction of Strategic Behaviour, Corporate Context and the Concept of Strategy', Nottingham Trent University and Southampton Institute, 2003.
  19. Jane Hartley, 'Language and Parity : Intervention or Evolution. Acceptance of Change in Morphology and Gender of Female Professional Work Titles in French', Newcastle University, Australia, 2003.
  20. Suzanne Nadia Kiwan: 'The Construction of Identity amongst young people of north African origin in France : Discourses and experiences', University of Bristol, 2003.
  21. M. Cho, 'Les Politiques du logement en France' Sciences Po, Paris, 2002
  22. Ben Clift, 'Towards a New Political Economy of Social Democracy ? The Fall and Rise of the French Parti socialiste, 1990-1998', University of Sheffield, 2000
  23. Louise Knight, ' Presidentialism in Contemporary France. From de Gaulle to Mitterrand' University of Warwick, 2000.
  24. Michele Breuillard-Pollet, 'Local Government et Centralisation en Angleterre', University of Lille 2, France, 1999
  25. Sylvie Ollitraut, 'Action Collective et Construction identitaire. Le cas du militantisme écologiste en France', University of Rennes 1, France, 1996.
  26. Robert Elgie, 'The Role of the Prime Minister in France' London School of Economics, 1992.



Juries d'Habilitation (HDR), France

I have served in the following juries d'Habilitation in France:

  1. Thomas Frinault, Sciences Po Grenoble, France, 2017.
  2. Helene Buisson-Fenet, Sciences Po, Paris, France, 2015
  3. Arnaud Coutant, CRDT, Reims University, France, 2011
  4. Romain Pasquier, Sciences Po, Paris, France 2010
  5. Renaud Payre, Sciences Po, Lyon, France 2008
  6. Fabrice Thuriot, CRDT, Reims University, France, 2007
  7. Oliver Duperon, CRDT, Reims University, France, 2007
  8. Thierry Comé, CRDT, Reims University, France, 2007



Media, Communication and Dissemination

Press, Professional and Non-Refereed Articles and interviews

  1. Cole, A. (2019) 'Le référendum ne se fond pas dans le système parlementaire britannique' La Croix, 3 April 2019
  2. Cole, A. (2018) 'What's in a name for French political parties in transition?' Euronews, 14 March http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/14/what-s-in-a-name-for-french-political-parties-in-transition-view.
  3. Cole, A & Pasquier, R. (2017) 'Réforme régionale et gouvernance multi-niveaux : la défiance des Français' Pouvoirs Locaux 109 :1, pp. 3-7.
  4. Cole, A. (2017) « Les métropoles sont les nouveaux acteurs de la compétition économique » Lyon Capitale, 263 (2): 66-67.
  5. Cole, A. (2016) 'Quel scénario de sortie pour le Royaume-Uni', Fellows, 11, 1-2, 15 September.
  6. Charbon, P., Le Pourhiet, A.-M. & Cole, A. (2016) « L'avenir institutionnel de la Corse » Revue de droit constitutionnel appliqué jan-mars, pp, 27-39.
  7. Cole, A. (2014). 09/2014. "Scotland's No". La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029. Mis à jour le 3 octobre 2014. Consulté le 16 octobre 2014. Url : http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/scotland-s-no-242450
  8. Cole, A (2014) 09/2014. "Scotland's Hour of Choice". La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029. Mis à jour le 4 septembre 2014. Consulté le 5 septembre 2014.Url : http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/scotland-s-hour-of-choice-237813.
  9. Cole, A. (2014) Territorial Governance in Western Europe between Convergence and Capacity Perspectives, 12, pp. 10-12, 2014-2015, ISSN: 2263-1577.
  10. Harguindéguy, J.-B., Pasquier, R. & Cole A. (2014) Le processus autonomique espagnol à l'épreuve de la crise économique : vers la recentralisation ? Pouvoirs Locaux. 102 (3) : 3-6.
  11. Cole, A. (2012) 'Les visages de la décentralisation' Pouvoirs Locaux, 92, 125-129.
  12. Cole, A. (2010) 'Interview with Alistair Cole' ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝA, E1020-311010
  13. Cole, A. (2006) 'La politique locale de lutte contre la délinquance en Angleterre'. Revue Lamy, 14: 81-83.
  14. Cole, A. (2006) 'Descentralizarea din Franta', Altera, 30/31, 5-29
  15. Cole, A. (2006) 'La décentralisation française vue de l'autre côté de la manche'Actualité Juridique: Droit Administratif 7:337.
  16. Cole, A. (2005) 'The Grand Design of the European Project' Times Higher Education Supplement, 2 December, p. 6.
  17. Cole, A. (2004) 'What's Distinctive about Wales? Findings from a comparison of Wales with Brittany'. Briefing no. 10, June 2004. ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme. 4pp.
  18. Cole, A. (2004) 'La Contractualisation vue par un observateur étranger', Administration et Education, 104: 4, pp. 107-114.
  19. Cole, A. (2003) 'La Nouvelle gouvernance de l'éducation en France' Administration et Education, Spring, pp. 86-102.
  20. Cole, A. & Storer, A. (2002) 'From Opportunity to Obituary?' Agenda, Spring 2002
  21. Cole, A. (2001) 'Le point de vue d'Alistair Cole' Ouest-France, 23 November 2001.
  22. Cole, A. , J. B. Jones & A. Storer (2001) 'Warming to the Assembly' The Western Mail, 6th August, 2001.
  23. Cole, A. & H. Drake (1998) 'The Europeanisation of French Politics'? Economic and Political Weekly, 29 August , pp. 99-106.
  24. John, P. & A. Cole (1998) 'A very different political animal' Municipal Journal, 13 March, pp. 22-3.
  25. P. & Cole, A. (1997) 'Urban regimes in Britain and France? The cases of Leeds and Lille', Frontières, no. 9, pp. 37-50.
  26. Cole, A. (1995) 'Les réseaux locaux de politique publique: le cas de la métropole de Lille', Les Cahiers du CRAPS, 20, December, pp. 1-20.



Media appearances and interviews

  1. 'Sur la situation politique au Royaume Uni' Franco-Info, July 2019
  2. 'Entretien sur le Brexit : trois questions à Alistair Cole' RCF Radio, 27th March 2019
  3. 'Sur le Brexit' France-Info, 19th March 2019.
  4. "Un otoño caliente" La Razon, 29 August 2018
  5. « La desilusión de en marcha, La Razon, 17 July 2018
  6. « 王位工作交接!查尔斯王子访问法国_全球拍-梨视频官网" http://www.pearvideo.com/video_1344260, 15 May 2018
  7. "Après l'accord sur le Brexit" France-Info, 14 December 2017
  8. Marine le Pen and Florian Philippot, Radio Sputnik, 22 October 2017
  9. «Après les élections législatives françaises» France 24, 20th June 2017
  10. «El momento de la Resistencia o del Desbloqueo» La Razon, 19 juin 2017
  11. «Il n'y a pas de majorité pour une forme radicale de Brexit» Mediapart.fr, 16/06/2017. https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/150617/alistair-cole-il-n-y-pas-de-majorite-pour-une-forme-radicale-de-brexit?onglet=full
  12. «Après les élections législatives britanniques » Franco-Info, 9th June 20-17.
  13. «Avant les élections législatives britanniques » Radio France Internationale 5th June 2017.
  14. 'Emmanuel Macron's investiture' BBC Radio 4, Broadcasting House, 14th May 2017 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnj3
  15. 'Dispuesta a liderar la oposición, La Razón, Spain, 8th May 2017
  16. 'Macron's election as President and its implications for France in Europe' Radio Sputnik, UK, 8th May 2017
  17. 'Un partido de pies de barro' La Razón, Spain, 5th May 2017
  18. 'On the French elections' BNR Nieuwsradio, Netherlands, 5th May 2017
  19. 'El populismo no datregua' La Razón, Spain, 26th April, 2017.
  20. 'On the French elections', PM programme, BBC Radio 4, UK, 24th April, 2017 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n1xrq
  21. 'On the Socialists and the Republicans' France 24, 24th April 2017
  22. 'Uncertainties in French Election' BFM 89.9 The Business Station Malaysia 21st April 2017. http://www.bfm.my/current-affairs-uncertainties-in-french-election.html
  23. 'The French elections are nearly here' ABC Radio Australia interview, 12th April 2017 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/french-elections/8440290
  24. 'Over a third of French people do not want to vote in Prez elections' Times of India, 14TH April 2017
  25. 'L'Ecosse: un nouveau referendum sur l'Indépendance' Radio Télé-Suisse, 28th March 2017
  26. 'L'Ecosse: un nouveau referendum sur l'Indépendance?' France-Info, 28th March 2017
  27. 'L'Ecosse et le Brexit' France-Info, 26th March 2017
  28. « Nuevos horizontes políticos se definen en Europa » Interview with
    Mariane Lacombe in El Mundo (Medellin, Colombia) 26 February 2017,
  29. 8.00am News "Fillon, Hamon and the fronde" France 24, 17 February 2017
  30. 10.00pm News "Francois Fillon's prospects" France 24, 7 February 2017 ( https://youtu.be/Xjj4P_NE-4M)
  31. « Víctima de su propio discurso" LA RAZÓN, miércoles. 1 de febrero de 2017 •
  32. 10.00pm News « Cazeneuve's nomination as French premier » France 24, 6 December 2016
  33. «Las opciones de victoria de Valls son muy limitadas» LA RAZÓN, 14th December 2016 (http://www.es/internacional/las-opciones-de-victoria-de-valls-son-muy-limitadas-KE14109164 …)
  34. « Theresa May seule en lice pour succéder à Cameron » RTS (Radio-télé suisse), Suisse/Switzerland, Forum at 18.00, 11th, July 2016.
  35. 'Cameron's Brussels negotiations' Avennire, 10th February 2016
  36. « Le rôle des régions en France et en Europe », France Culture – 30th November 2015
  37. 'Les régions et la crise économique en Europe' RTBF, Brussels, 10th September 2015.
  38. 'Les primaires socialistes' Radio France Londres, 8th October 2011
  39. 'Les Socialistes français et leur avenir' Radio France Londres, 6th July 2011
  40. 'Le Pen in France'. Australian Radio, January 2011
  41. 'Small countries and the global crisis' BBC 2 Wales (July 1st 2009). Interview
  42. 'The European Election' Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, June 8th 2009
  43. 'The Lisbon Treaty' Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, March 6th 2008
  44. 'The Welsh language'. 30 minute long interview for the Analysis programme, BBC Radio 4, October 25th 2007.
  45. 'The legacy of Tony Blair' Radio Monte Carlo, 11th May 2007
  46. 'La France et l'Europe : régimes politiques comparés' http://2007.tns-sofres.com/interview.php?id=430
  47. 'The French Presidential Election: second ballot'. Sky News election night academic correspondent, 6th May 2007
  48. 'The French Presidential Election: second ballot'. Interview with Reuters, 6th May2007.(uk.reuters.com/news/video/videoStory?storyID=35120901d88f4d5bcd9f1af148eb61bf7fdbc1c4)
  49. 'The French Presidential Election: after the first ballot'. CNN, 23rd April, 2007
  50. 'The French Presidential Election: first ballot'. Sky News election night academic correspondent, 22nd April 2007
  51. 'The French Presidential Election: issues and the campaign. CNN, 20th April, 2007
  52. 'After the French referendum' BBC Radio-Wales, 31st May 2005.
  53. 'Europe in the Election Campaign'. BBC Radio-Wales, 6th May 2005
  54. 'The French Presidential Election' BBC Radio 4 'The World at One', 29th April, 2002 (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/world_at_one/1966057.stm)
  55. 'On the Death of François Mitterrand', BBC Radio-Wales, 13th January 1996.



Conferences and invited Seminars (211)

  1. 'President Macron's France and Brexit'. Paper present to the conference on Life after Brexit: past imperial, present continuous or future imperfect ? University of Lyon 3, France, 29th March 2019
  2. 'Trust and transparency in multi-level governance': Paper presented to the conference on Trust and Transparency organised at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany, 21st March 2019.
  3. 'Comparative perspectives on Constitutions' Goa University, India, January 16th,
  4. 'Macron's Political Leadership' Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong, China, 30th October 2018
  5. 'Macron's Political Leadership' Institute of Advanced Studies, Lyon, France, 17th October 2018
  6. 'Managing France's new Regions by a Territorial Scales of Trust approach: Scalar stories and contingent capacities in Brittany and Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes' International Political Science Association, Brisbane, Australia, July 20-23, 2018 (panel co-organiser Trust and Transparency in multi-level governance).
  7. 'Respect des territoires : l'expérience britannique' Contribution to the conference organised at the French Senate on Quelle Constitution pour le XXIe siècle ? 15 June 2018.
  8. 'Trust-transparency paradoxes'. Conference organized in Lyon as part of the WISERD-TRIANGLE strategic agreement. Conference organizer, 4 May 2018.
  9. 'Political Trust and Transparency in multi-level governance: new findings from the French regions' Political Studies Association conference, Cardiff, 25-28 March 2018 (panel co-organiser).
  10. 'Political Trust and Transparency in multi-level governance: new findings from the French regions' (with Jeanne Chauvel), ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway, 8th September 2017.
  11. 'Trust, Transparency and multi-level governance' Panel organized and paper delivered at the Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow University, UK, July12th, 2017.
  12. 'Trust, Transparency and multi-level governance'. Panel organized and paper delivered at the International Conference of Public Policy conference, Singapore, June 29th
  13. 'Crowning Jupiter: the 2017 electoral series'. Paper presented to the Parliamentary Affairs conference on the French presidential election, University of London Institute of Paris, 23rd May 2017.
  14. 'L'election presidentielle et l'Europe' Conference on the French Presidential election, Forli, Bologna University, Italy, May 12th
  15. 'The French presidential election between the two rounds'. Paper presented to the University of London Institute of Paris conference on the French Presidential election, May 5th
  16. 'Current Politics in Europe' Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University, India, 6th January 2017.
  17. 'Présentation de l'enquête You Gov sur les nouvelles régions', Conference on'Les Régions ont trente ans – et demain?' organized by the Territorial Chair Sciences Po, Rennes, with the support the Brittany Regional Council, Rennes, Les Champs Libres, 18th November 2016.
  18. 'Les nouvelles régions, pour quoi faire ? Retour sur l'enquête de You Gov' Keynote speech to the conference 1986-2016 : 30 ans de démocratie régionale. Des Régions pour quoi faire? Sciences Po, Rennes, France, 17th November 2016.
  19. 'Territorial Political Capacity: a Conceptual lens for Studying European Regions', Paper presented to the International Political Science Association, Poznan, Poland (Panel co-organiser: Indexing the Indexes of Decentralisation and Federalisation), July 24th, 2016.
  20. 'Territorial Political Capacity and European Regions', Paper presented to the Summer School co-organised by the International Political Science Association and the French Political Science Association, Rennes, France, July 5th, 2016.
  21. 'Hollande's Annus Horribilis' Paper presented to the Institute of Advanced Studies, Lyon, France, June 20th
  22. 'Circulations et coproduction de l'action publique : l'expérience du réseau Leading Cities' Paper presented to the Summer School Une école d'été en commun, Sciences Po, Lyon, France, June 6, 2016.
  23. 'Les régions européennes face à la crise : Quels enjeux de gouvernance pour la Wallonie' ? Coorganisateur du colloque de l'Institut Destrée, Palais des Congrès, Namur, Belgium. (Conference co- organiser and paper giver).10th September 2015.
  24. 'States of Convergence of Territorial Governance' Conference of Europeanists, July 8-10, Sciences Po, Paris. (Panel organiser and paper giver).
  25. 'Quelles ambitions pour les nouvelles régions?' Table ronde no. 4, 11th National conference of the Association of French régions (Association des régions de France) Rouen, 25/26 June 2015.
  26. 'Les régions et la crise économique : un cadre d'analyse' Communication to the thematic section on : 'Crise et gouvernance territoriale en Europe : convergence ou différenciation' ? Association française de Science Politique, Aix-en-Provence, 22-24 June 2015.Co-organiser with Romain Pasquier of the thematic section (no. 41).
  27. 'Lyons and the Smart City'. Communication to the Leading Cities Annual Summit, City Hall, Lisbon, Portugal, June 3rd 2015.
  28. 'Le régionalisme au Royaume-Uni' Colloque international Quelle organisation pour les grandes régions en France et en Europe ? 26/27 March, 2015.
  29. 'Sceptical Europeans? Trends and counter-trends of the 2014 European election'. Keynote speech to the day conference on the 2014 European elections, organised by the University of Paris 4, Paris, France.
  30. 'La metropole comme objet politique' Guest lecture to the full Council of the Economic, Social and Environmental Committee (CESER) Rhône-Alpes, 20 November 2014.
  31. 'La métropole comme objet politique. Historicités, catégories d'analyse et enjeux institutionnels de la métropolisation'. Conference co-organiser and presenter, with Renaud Payre. Sciences Po, Lyon, 12-13 November 2014.
  32. 'Jeux d'échelle et différenciation territoriale : régions et métropoles dans la décentralisation française' Communication, with Romain Pasquier, to the conference 'La métropole comme objet politique, Sciences Po, Lyon, 12-13 November 2014.
  33. 'Territorial Governance between Convergence and Capacity' European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) general conference, Glasgow, UK, 4-6 September 2014.
  34. 'The Territorial Political Capacity framework'. Paper to the International Political Science Association conference, Montreal, Canada, 18-21 July 2014.
  35. 'La goberanza territorial en Europa entre convergencia y capacidad'. One day conference organised in Seville, Spain, as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network, 26 June 2014.
  36. 'Les Régions en Europe et la crise'. One day conference organised in Rennes, France, as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network, 21 May 2014.
  37. 'Territorial Governance in Western Europe: second-order strong identity regions between convergence and divergence'. ISPOLE general seminar, University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, 20/03/2014.
  38. 'An end to the Europe of the Regions ?' Université libre de Bruxelles, 14/03/2014
  39. 'Fonction publique territoriale et politique'. GRALE colloquium on Les 30 ans de la fonction publique territoriale, French Senate, Paris, 31st January 2014.
  40. 'Territorial Governance in Western Europe between convergence and capacity: preliminary findings from Wales, Brittany and Andalucía' EGIPP Research Unit and Jean Monnet Centre, Cardiff University, December 4th
  41. 'Presentación del proyecto por Alistair Cole: Territorial governance in western Europe between Capacity and Convergence' Centro de Estudias Andaluces, Seville, Spain, 21st November 2013.
  42. 'Introduction and Overview'. Paper to the conference on Welsh Devolution in Perspective , British Academy, London, 31st May 2013.
  43. 'European Territorial Governance between Convergence and Capacity' Paper presented to the conference on Europeanising Devolution (conference organiser, supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Cardiff Jean Monnet Centre), 24th May 2013.
  44. 'The politics of austerity in comparative perspective: State Reform and Decentralisation in Hollande's France' St Anthony's College, Oxford. April 27 2013.
  45. 'Developments in French Politics'. Panel organised at the Political Studies Association, Cardiff, 25-27 March 2013 (including a communication on Local and Regional Governance').
  46. 'Ou và la Dévolution? Les spécificités territoriales en Grande Bretagne' IHEDATE-Sciences-Po, Paris, France, 13th March 2013.
  47. 'Developments in French Politics'. Short Course organised at the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, August 29th
  48. 'An Overview of the Sarkozy presidency' PSA sponsored day conference on the French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections 2012, Queen Mary's, University of London, 24th May 2012 (conference co-organiser).
  49. 'Territorial Structuring and Social Policy; the UK and France Compared'. St Anthony's College, Oxford, 17th May 2012.
  50. 'How Sarkozy's Fast Presidency Ran out of Steam'. Roundtable on the French Presidential elections, Cardiff University, 16th May 2012.
  51. 'Sarkozy's Fast Presidency' Conference on the Sarkozy Presidency, University of Bristol, 9th May 2012.
  52. 'Sarkozy's Fast Presidency'. Political Studies Association conference, Belfast, 3-5 avril 2012 (co-organiser of 4 panels).
  53. Sarkozy's Hyper-Presidency : France 2007-2012' The Winthrop King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, United States, 21st February 2012.
  54. 'Autour du Dictionnaire des Politiques territoriales avec Alistair Cole' Séminaire inter-laboratoires LaSSP-LEREPS-CERTOP-LISST-SOI de l'Axe 1 du LaSSP "Gouvernements, Administrations et Politiques publiques", Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France.
  55. 'Où en est la coordination territoriale en Angleterre ?' Roundtable at the colloquium on 'La RGPP et les collectivités territoriales', Reims University, France, 20th January 2012.
  56. 'Métropolisation et régionalisation. Des dynamiques territoriales complémentaires ou concurrentes ? Conference co-organised with Romain Pasquier, Sciences Po, Rennes, October 20-21st 2011.
  57. 'L'Administration territoriale de la République, entre Acte III de la décentralisation et RGPP II : le réformisme permanent ? Association Française de Science Politique conference, Strasbourg, 30 August – 2 September 2011.
  58. 'EU Cohesion policy and regional empowerment: Comparing France and the United-Kingdom' Jean Monnet conference on Multi-level governance, Cardiff University July 6-8, 2011.
  59. 'Linguistic policy in France. Does the Republic care about regional languages?' Interpretive Policy Analysis conference, Cardiff, June 25-28 2011.
  60. 'La Haute administration publique et la dévolution: Le cas du pays de Galles'. General Seminar, Sciences Po, Paris, France 12 May 2011.
  61. 'The French Socialist Party and its Radical Ambiguity' Political Studies Association conference, London, April 7-9th
  62. 'The French State and its Territories' Political Studies Association conference, London, April 7-9th
  63. 'Governing and Governance in France' University of Paris 1, France, April 4th 2011 .
  64. 'Studying the French Socialist Party'. Aston University seminar series, 30th March 2011.
  65. 'The Reform of the State in France' LASSP - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 15 December 2010.
  66. Les spécificités territoriales au Royaume Uni' GRALE conference on Les Reformes et mutations des collectivités territoriales et de l'action locale, Toulouse, France, 21-22 October 2010.
  67. 'Europeanising Devolution. Wales and the European Union', WISERD Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 29/06/2010.
  68. 'The French State and its Territories' Political Studies Association conference, Edinburgh, 30/03/2010.
  69. 'Sarkozy's Political Leadership' Political Studies Association conference, Edinburgh, 30/03/2010.
  70. 'Conclusions' Workshop on Ethno-territorial mobilization and regional languages, European consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 25/03/2010 (Workshop Director).
  71. 'Does the Republic care about Regional Languages?' Workshop on Ethno-Territorial Mobilization and Regional Languages, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 24/03/2010.
  72. 'Introduction' Workshop on Ethno-territorial mobilization and regional languages, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Munster Germany, 23/03/2010 (Workshop Director).
  73. 'La devolution au Royaume Uni' Presentation to the sub-committee on State reform and inter-communal administration, GRALE, Paris, 04/03/2010.
  74. 'Wales and Europe' Society and Education Seminar Series, Cardiff University 03/02/2010.
  75. 'The Franco-German axis' EGIPP conference on the Political Leadership of the European Union, Cardiff University 10/02/2010.
  76. 'Europeanising Devolution' Richard Burton seminar series, Swansea University, 08/02/2010.
  77. 'Les Regions en Europe' CEPEL – One Day Conference on Regions in France and Europe, Montpellier, France 28/01/2010.
  78. 'Governing and Governance in France' LASSP - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 21/01/2010.
  79. 'L'Administration des institutions de l'UE et (re)construction. Réformes et realités', European Commission, Brussels, 10-11/12/2009. French Political Science Association (AFSP-SPCA) colloque. Chair and discussant.
  80. 'Regard étranger sur le projet de réforme français'. Communication to the GRALE conférence Quelle Nouvelle réforme pour les collectivités territoriales françaises? Reims : France, 25-26 November 2009.
  81. 'Decentralisation in France : Actors and Dynamics' ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12th, Paper presented to the panel on Decentralisation in France and Italy.
  82. 'Serving which Nation? Devolution and the civil service in Wales' ECPR General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12th 2009 Paper presented to the panel on Organizing Government: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives.
  83. 'The French State and its territorial challenges' French Political Science Association (AFSP) conference, Grenoble, 7-9th September 2009 (panel co-organiser L'Etat de la France).
  84. 'La République contre les langues régionales'. French Political Science Association (AFSP) conference, Grenoble, 7-9th September 2009.
  85. 'Small countries and the global crisis: challenges and opportunities?' Wales Governance Centre and the Welsh Assembly Conference organiser, Cardiff, 1st July 2009.
  86. 'Reflections on Fifty Years of the Fifth Republic' Political Studies Association, Manchester, April 7-9 2009
  87. 'Sarkozy's Political Leadership of Europe'. Paper presented to the EGIPP colloquium on the French Presidency of the European Union, Cardiff University, March 18th, 2009
  88. 'Decentralisation and Territorial Politics in France'. Paper presented to the ESRC-Wales Governance Centre conference on /Devolution, Citizenship and Public Policy, Cardiff University, December 15-16th
  89. 'Les cultures administatives'. Discussant in the Roundtable on 'Les Cultures administratives', Association française de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Lyons, France, 21st November, 2008.
  90. 'The Progressive Consensus'. Roundtable participant on the 'Progressive Consensus and the One Wales Coalition', Wales Governance Centre/Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff University 4th November 2008
  91. 'Reshaping the state: examples from France, Germany and Belgium'. Association francaise de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, September 24th , 2008.
  92. 'The Franco-German Relationship and differentiated integration'. Paper presented to the EU-Consent conference on Differentiated Integration, Cardiff University 10-12 September 2008
  93. 'Is France Still Centralised? Perspectives on Decentralisation and Bounded Governance' Paper presented to the panel on Governing and Administering: the case of France (panel co-organiser with Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans and Ed Page) American Political Science Association (APSA), Boston, 27-31 August 2008
  94. 'The Reform of the State in France. New Public Management and its Limits' Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions, Rennes, France, 11-16th April 2008.
  95. 'La dévolution et la fonction publique en Grande Bretagne' Association francaise de Science Politique (AFSP) group on Comparative Public Administration, Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, April 4th, 2008.
  96. 'Municipal Elections in France'. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University 1-4th April 2008.
  97. 'Governing and Governance in France'. Paper presented to the Reform of the State in France panel at the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University 1-4th April 2008 (panel organiser).
  98. 'Research Grants'. Paper presented to the Graduate Conference on the Political Studies Association (PSA), Swansea University, 31st March – 1st April 2008.
  99. 'Heading the Republic' Conference on the Fifth Years of the Fifty Republic, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, United States, 13-14th February 2008.
  100. 'La Dévolution en Grande Bretagne' Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France, 20th December 2007.
  101. 'Governing and Governance in France'. University of Bath Seminar series, 27th November 2007.
  102. 'Decentralisation in France : Central Steering, Capacity Building and Identity Construction' Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) annual conference, Reading University, 7-8th September 2007.
  103. 'Le groupe d'étude SPCA : Pour quoi faire ?' Avec Jean-Michel Eymeri, Association Française de Science Politique, Toulouse, 6th September 2007.
  104. 'Dévolution et décentralisation en Grande-Bretagne, Pays de Galles et Écosse, impact sur les politiques publiques'. Colloque sur les Politiques publiques, État et pouvoirs locaux en Europe, Sciences Po, Paris, 6th July, 2007.
  105. 'Les partis politiques à l'épreuve des procédures délibératives' Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, 15 juin 2007.
  106. 'La Série electorale 2007 vue d'outre manche' GAEL journée d'etude, Association Française de Science Politique, CERI, 13 juin 2007.
  107. 'The Seven Sarkozys' European Governance, Identities and Public Policy unit roundtable on 'The French Presidential Elections of 2007', Cardiff University, 22nd May 2007.
  108. 'Managing the Governance of Wales' Roundtable chair organised as part of the Welsh Governance Centre conference on Managing Devolution, 19th-20th May, 2007 (conference co-organiser).
  109. 'Les sept Sarkozy'. Seminar ('fac seminaire') presented at the Sciences Po, Paris, 10th May 2007.
  110. 'Poisson d'Avril'. Participant in a roundtable organised by Arte/Sciences Po School of Journalism to discuss the film of this title. Sciences Po, Paris, 23rd April 2007.
  111. 'Governing France', Political Studies Association annual conference, Bath University, 11-13th April 2007 (panel organiser on Developments in French Politics).
  112. 'Comment gouverner la France' Inaugural lecture, Sciences Po, Paris, 20 March 2007.
  113. 'Les Regions en Europe'. Colloque au CERI, Sciences Po, Paris, sur les Régions en Europe, 13 March, 2007.
  114. 'Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany'. A presentation of the book with the same title. Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France. December 21st
  115. 'The EU as a Global Player' European Commission Town Hall meeting with EU Commissioner Mandelson, Cardiff, 23rd October 2006.
  116. 'Europeanisation, Regional Capacity and Comparative Analysis', Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, 9th June 2006.
  117. ' Le Pays de Galles et l'Europe'. Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg, France, 2nd June 2006.
  118. 'La lutte contre la délinquance en Angleterre' Paper presented to the GRALE/French Interior Ministry colloquium on La délinquance en France, 6 April 2006.
  119. 'France and the European Union' Paper presented to the EGIPP one day conference on the State of the Union, Cardiff University February 3rd
  120. 'Capacité regionale et gouvernance au Pays de Galles'. Paper presented to the CRDT, University of Reims, France, 19th January 2006.
  121. 'La décentralisation francaise vue d'ailleurs'. Paper presented to the GRALE conference on Decentralisation, French National Assembly, 12th January 2006.
  122. 'The Troubles in France'. Paper presented to the European Governance, Identity and Public Policy unit workshop on the urban riots in France, Cardiff University, 6th December 2005.
  123. 'Franco-German Relations : from Active to Reactive Cooperation'. Seminar paper presented to the Department of European Studies, Bath University, Bath, 21st October 2005.
  124. 'Franco-German Relations: the Twilight Years' . Paper presented to the European Governance, Identity and Public Policy unit workshop on the German Federal Elections of 2005. Cardiff University, 11th October 2005.
  125. 'Franco-German Relations and a Leaderless Europe'. Paper presented to the conference on a Leadership Europe organized by the Department of Politics, Hull University,29-30th September 2005.
  126. 'Developments in French Politics'. Paper giver and panel organizer. American Political Science Association conference, Washington DC, US, 1-4 September 2005.
  127. Regional Governance in Wales and Brittany' Paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference, Washington DC, US, 1-4 September 2005.
  128. 'Franco-German Relations' Paper presented to the conference on France in a Changing World, University of the West of England, 8th July 2005.
  129. 'Comparaisons franco-britanniques: similarités, différences, convergences, interactions'. Paper presented to the CHEDE (Cycle des hautes études du développement économique, Ministère des Finances) Seminar 'Comment font les Autres', London School of Economics, 17 June 2005.
  130. 'Wales in the new Europe'. Paper to the International Conference on European Identities, Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland, 2-4 June 2005. Conference organised by the Austrian Cultural Institute.
  131. 'Regional Capacity Building in Wales and Brittany'. Paper presented to the Edinburgh/Rennes workshop on comparative regional governance, Europa Institute, Edinburgh Univiersity, 28-29th April 2005.
  132. 'French Politics in the 21st century', Political Studies Association conference, University of Leeds, 4-7th April, 2005 (panel organiser 'Developments in French Politics 3).
  133. 'Internationalising Devolution'. Organiser and chief speaker at the Internationalising Devolution workshop, European Governance, Identities and Public Policy research unit, Cardiff University, 18th March 2005.
  134. 'Change and Resisting Change: the Challenge of Governance in France'. Paper presented to the Jahrestagung/Colloque annuel of the Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1-3 July 2004.
  135. 'Language Policy'. Paper presented to the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) conference on 'Devolution in Wales: the Scorecard'. The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, Wales- UK, June 24th, 2004.
  136. 'Wales, the United Kingdom and the Convention on the Future of Europe'. Paper presented to the European Forum on the Convention for the Future of Europe, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, May 13th, 2004.
  137. 'Decentralisation in France: steering at a distance?'. The International Conference for French Studies, Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee, USA, April 1-5th, 2004.
  138. 'Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany: a framework for evaluation'. The Conference of Europeanists, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, USA, 11-14th March 2004
  139. 'Devolution and decentralisation in Wales and Brittany'. Paper presented at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, UK, February 14th, 2004.
  140. 'Social partnership, regional governance and training policy in France'. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), University of Paris 13, France. September 4-6.
  141. 'Decentralisation in France: Steering at a distance or back to the grass-roots?' Paper presented to the Political Studies Association conference (PSA), University of Leicester, UK, April 15-17th
  142. 'Regional Governance and Welfare reform in Wales and Brittany'. Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Edinburgh University, March 30-April 4, 2003.
  143. 'Regional Governance in Wales and Brittany'. Paper to the ESRC conference on Regional Governance in Wales, Brittany and Beyond'. Cardiff University, March 14-15th 2003 (Conference organiser).
  144. 'Disseminating Research Results'. Paper to the ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change conference, Belfast, March 1st
  145. 'La France d'en Bas' . Keynote speech to the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France annual conference, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, 29-31st August 2002.
  146. 'The French Socialist Party, the Mediterranean Left and Europe'. Paper to the conference on the Mediterranean Left and Europe, Maison Française, Oxford, June 30th
  147. 'Political Dynamics in the National Assembly for Wales'. Paper to the Political Studies Association Annual conference at the University of Aberdeen, 9th -11th April 2002.
  148. 'Un laboratoire de richesses : Administration territoriale, gouvernance régionale et adaptation locale en Grande-Bretagne'. Communication to the colloquium on 'Intercommunalités' organised by the Marne departmental council (conseil général du Marne) Chalons-sur- Marne, France, 21st March 2002.
  149. 'La gouvernance du système éducatif en Grande-Bretagne'. Communication to the annual colloquium of the Association française des administrateurs de l'Education nationale (AFAE), Marly-le-Roi, France, 16th March 2002.
  150. 'Devolution and Decentralisation in Wales and Brittany: lessons from comparison'. Communication to the National Assembly for Wales research seminar, 13th March 2002.
  151. 'Introduction to the Jospin Government'. Paper presented to the conference on The Jospin Government, Maison Française, Oxford, January 13th 2002 (conference organiser).
  152. 'Dévolution et Décentralisation en Grande-Bretagne et en France: voyage au coeur d'un projet comparatif' Ve colloque de l'Observatoire interregional du prospective régional (OIPR), Lille, France 18 - 19 December 2001.
  153. 'Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective: an Introduction'. Opening presentation at the ESRC-sponsored conference on Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective, Cardiff University, December 1st 2001 (conference organiser).
  154. 'From Territorial Administration to Local and Regional Governance? Two Decades of Decentralisation in France', Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, University of Portsmouth, September 6-8, 2001.
  155. 'Is there a « Third Way » Issue in Education Policy ? An Anglo-French Comparison', Michèle Breuillard with Alistair Cole, European Consortium for Political Research, Joint Sessions of Workshops, Grenoble, April 2001.
  156. ' La gouverance des systeme educatifs en France et en Angleterre'. Paper presented to the Rencontres de la DESCO, Education ministry, Paris 23 March 2001. With Michèle Breuillard.
  157. 'The Franco-German Relationship at Nice'. Paper (read by Helen Drake) presented to the UACES conference on the French Presidency of the European Union, University of Loughborough, 9 March 2001.
  158. 'Dévolution et Décentralisation en Bretagne au Pays de Galles'. Conference of the Union Démocratique Bretonne on Regional Identity, 9-10 February 2001, Palais des Congrès, Lorient, France.
  159. 'Dévolution et Décentralisation en France et en Grande-Bretagne' PRAHL Colloquium on 'Le Préfet et le Développement Local' 14-15 December 2000, University of Pau, France.
  160. 'Decentralisation and Devolution in Wales and Brittany'. Paper presented to the 2nd colloquium of the Breton Study Group, University of Aberystwyth, 11 November 2000.
  161. 'Understanding French Politics in the Twenty-First Century'. Paper presented to the South West Wales and West of England Regional Centre in French Studies, University of Cardiff, 4 November 2000 (conference organiser).
  162. 'Decentralisation and Devolution in Wales and Brittany'. ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change programme conference, Welsh Office, November 1, 2000.
  163. 'France, Germany and Finalité européenne'. Paper presented to the ESRC 'flanking' conference co-organised by the Institute for German Studies, Birmingham, and the Centre March Bloch, Berlin, 13-14th October 2000. Centre March Bloch, Berlin, Germany.
  164. 'The French Party System: Change and Understanding Change'. Paper presented to the workshop on 'Change in the Contemporary French Party System: Internal Dynamics and External Constraint'. European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford, 29-30 September 2000.
  165. 'Governing Education in England and France'. Paper presented to the conference on 'Current Issues in British and French Public Administrative Reform'. Jointly hosted by the Political Studies Association's French Politics and Policy and Public Administration groups. CIPFA, London, 20 September 2000.
  166. 'National and Partisan Contexts of Europeanisation: The Case of the French Socialists'. Paper presented to the workshop on Europeanisation and Political Parties, Keele University, 14-15 September 2000.
  167. Discussant to papers presented by Kenneth Dyson and David Howarth at the 'Conference on European States and the Euro', British Academy, London, 13-14 September 2000.
  168. 'La Réforme de l'Etat en France vue d'Angleterre'. Paper presented to the colloquium on La Reforme de l'Etat , organised by the French Civil Service Ministry, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, 28 April 2000.
  169. 'Reinventing or Reshaping Public Policy? The Case of French Education'. Paper presented to the 50th Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, London School of Economics, 10-13 April, 2000.
  170. 'From Territorial Administration to Local Governance? Sub-national politics and policy-making in France'. Paper presented to the 50th Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, London School of Economics, 10-13 April, 2000.
  171. 'The Europeanisation of French Politics?'. Seminar presented to the Sussex European Institute postgraduate seminar series on Europeanisation, 18 January 2000.
  172. 'L'organisation infra-etatique: des réformes territoriales aux transferts de compétences: le cas britannique'. Paper presented to the colloquium 'Collectivités locales. Pouvoirs installés et pouvoirs emergents'. Ile-de-France Regional Council, Paris, France. 18 November 1999.
  173. 'Régard britannique sur la question d'autonomie locale'. Les deuxièmes rencontres nationales de la Caisse des dépôts. Palais des Congrès, Paris, France. 30 September 1999.
  174. 'Reinventing public policy: the case of French Education', Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France annual conference, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. 2-4 September 1999.
  175. 'Europeanisation, Social-democracy and the French Polity: lessons from the Jospin Government'. Paper presented to 6th European Community Studies Association (ECSA) conference, Pittsburgh, United States, 2-5 June, 1999.
  176. 'The Service publique under stress'. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association (PSA) Group on French Politics and Policy, Maison Française, Oxford, UK, 20 March 1999.
  177. 'The Evolution of the French Party system in the 1990s'. Paper presented to the conference on French Political Parties in the 1990s, Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 20 December 1998.
  178. 'Social Democracy in Power: France and Britain Compared', University of Leeds seminar series on New Labour, 18 November 1998.
  179. 'The French Party system in the Fifth Republic', Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 1998.
  180. 'Où en est la cinquième république'? Roundtable chair. Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 1998.
  181. 'L'étude de la France en Grande-Bretagne', XIV Frankreichforscher-Konferenz "Interesse an Frankreich, Interesse an Europa?", Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 26-28 June 1998.
  182. 'Revisiting French Socialism: Lionel Jospin and the French Socialist Party' Political Studies Association Conference, University of Keele, UK April 7-9, 1998 (panel organizer).
  183. 'French socialism in longitutidinal comparative pespective', European Consortium for Political Research (workshop on 'Social democratic parties and welfare state retrenchment'), University of Warwick, UK. March 1998.
  184. 'Introduction' to the PSA-CEPSG conference on 'Social Democracy Revisited', University of Bradford, UK. January 9, 1998. (conference organizer).
  185. 'The End of the French Exception?' University of Hull seminar in European Integration, November 1997.
  186. 'Networks or Networking? Power, position and values in local economic development networks in Britain and France', American Political Science Association, Washington DC, US. 28-31 August 1997(with Peter John).
  187. 'Kohl's Political Leadership Compared', Association for the study of Modern Germany conference, University of Birmingham, 4-6 April 1997.
  188. 'Networks or networking? Local elites in Comparative Perspective' Paper presented to the workshop on 'Local Elites' joint sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research, Berne, Switzerland, 27 February - 4 March 1997.
  189. 'Who are the French'? LSE conference on Identities in States of Change, Cumberland Lodge, UK. 31 January - 2 Feburary 1997.
  190. 'Mitterrand: an Evaluation' Keynote speech to the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Royal Holloway College, London, September 12 1996.
  191. 'Urban regimes in Britain and France: the cases of Leeds and Lille' American Political Science Association, The San Francisco Hilton and Towers, August 29 - September 1, 1996. With Peter John.
  192. 'De Gaulle to Chirac: the legacy of presidentialism in France' American Political Science Association, The San Francisco Hilton and Towers, August 29 - September 1, 1996.
  193. 'The Future of the Left: the Mitterrand Legacy', Briefing seminar for Britain's ambassador in France, Foreign and Colonial Office, 6 June 1996.
  194. 'Les réseaux et l'Espace public: leçons franco-britanniques' Fifth National Conference of the Association Française de Science Politique, Aix-en-Provence, France. April 1996.
  195. 'Local decision-making networks in Britain and France: a sociometric approach', Political Studies Association annual conference, April 10-12 1996. With Peter John.
  196. Local policy networks and intergovernmental management in France and Britain'. One day conference of the Association Française de Science politique, University of Paris 1V, Sorbonne, France. February 1996 (with Peter John).
  197. 'Réseaux et politiques publiques à Lille et à Rennes'. Paper presented to Lille European University Pole/ IFRESI conference, Lille. February 1996.
  198. 'Réseaux et politiques locales'. Paper presented to the postgraduate seminar on Urban politics, Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, December 1995.
  199. 'Le clivage droite-gauche en France est-il depassé'? Conclusions to the day conference organised by the Maison française, Oxford, and the CEVIPOF, Paris. Oxford, September 1995.
  200. 'Local policy networks in Britain and France: interim findings', ESRC Local Governance conference, University of Exeter, September 1995.
  201. 'Les réseaux décisionnels locaux: le cas de la métropole de Lille', Seminar presentation to the Nord/Pas-de-Calais section of the Institut Français des Sciences Administratives, Lille, France, June 1995.
  202. 'Les réseaux locaux de politique publique: une comparaison franco-britannique', Seminar presentation to the Centre de recherches administratives, politiques et sociales (CRAPS) postgraduate seminar, University of Lille II, France, June 1995.
  203. 'In Search of Networks: the Politics of French sub-national educational policy-making in the Academy of Lille' Workshop on the Politics of Education. Annual conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Bordeaux, France, April 1995.
  204. 'Le Leadership politique de François Mitterrand' Seminar paper presented to the postgraduate seminar, Institute of Political Studies, Lille, France, January 1995.
  205. 'France and the new Germany' Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Portsmouth University, UK, September 1994.
  206. 'The French Socialists and the European elections', UACES day conference, Aston University, UK, May 1994.
  207. 'Les réseaux décisionnels en Angleterre et en France', Seminar presented to Centre de recherches administratives et politiques (CRAP), Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France, April 1994.
  208. 'The French Socialists and the European Union', Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference, Swansea University, UK, March 1994.
  209. 'François Mitterrand: an Interpretation', Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Regional conference, Liverpool, UK, March 1994.
  210. 'The French Socialists'. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association (PSA) conference, Queen's University, Belfast, April 1992.
  211. 'François Mitterrand: a Political Biography'. Paper presented to the workshop on Political Biography, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference, Bochum, Germany, April 1990.



Impact and Engagement

Impact

My research has been designed to ensure a maximum impact, understood in terms of reach and significance. I have undertaken a history of funded research projects producing impactful outcomes. These are in addition to activities such as the briefing of Ambassadors and advice for government of a more confidential nature.

Some examples of these activities are now provided:

Signing of MoUs :

  • Negotiation and signature in 2003 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Assembly of Wales and the Bretagne Regional Council. The MoU continues to exist

Evidence to parliamentary Committees :

  • 'Respect des territoires : l'expérience britannique' Contribution to the conference organised at the French Senate on Quelle Constitution pour le XXIe siècle ? 15 June 2018.
  • Findings to the National Assembly for Wales Committee on External Relations, 2012.

Keynote speeches : some recent examples

  • Constitutions Week Keynote Speaker ('Comparative constitutions: lessons from Europe and America') Goa University, India, January 2019. I was invited to present the keynote at a celebration organise by Goa University, the State of Goa and the Governor of Goa. This was reported in the national press (The Hindu).
  • Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong ('Macron's Political Leadership'), October 2018. The FCC is the leading think tank in Hong Kong. I was invited to address the FCC in a session organised by Le Monde
  • 'Thirty Years of Regions in France': keynote delivered to the conference of the same name held in the Brittany Regional Council, November 2016, at a conference with over 400 delegates, including the President of the Brittany region.
  • 'La métropole comme objet politique' Guest lecture to the full Council of the Economic, Social and Environmental Committee (CESER) Rhône-Alpes, 20 November 2014.'

A small selection of the conferences organised with stakeholders :

  • 2019: 'Trust and transparency in multi-level governance': Paper presented to the conference on Trust and Transparency organised at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany, 21st March 2019.
  • 2018: 'Trust-transparency paradoxes'. Conference organized in Lyon as part of the WISERD-TRIANGLE strategic agreement. Conference organizer, 4 May 2018.
  • 2015: 'Les régions européennes face à la crise : Quels enjeux de gouvernance pour la Wallonie' ? Co-organiser of this colloquium with the leading think tank l'Institut Destrée at the Palais des Congrès, Namur, Belgium. 10th September 2015.
  • 2014 'La métropole comme objet politique. Historicités, catégories d'analyse et enjeux institutionnels de la métropolisation'. Conference co-organiser and presenter, with Renaud Payre. Sciences Po, Lyon, 12-13 November.
  • 2014 : 'La goberanza territorial en Europa entre convergencia y capacidad'. One day conference organised in Seville, Spain, as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network, 26 June 2014.
  • 2013: Conference on Welsh Devolution in Perspective, British Academy, London, 31st May 2013.
  • 2013: Europeanising Devolution (conference organiser, supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Cardiff Jean Monnet Centre), 24th May 2013.
  • 2009: 'Small countries and the global crisis: challenges and opportunities?' Wales Governance Centre and the Welsh Assembly Conference organiser, Cardiff, 1st July 2009.
  • 2003: Regional Governance in Wales, Brittany and Beyond'. Cardiff University, March 14-15th 2003 (Conference organiser).
  • 2000: Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective: an Introduction'. Opening presentation at the ESRC-sponsored conference on Lesser Used Languages in Comparative Perspective, Cardiff University, December 1st 2001 (conference organiser).

Publication of conference proceedings with think tanks :

  • Alistair Cole, Christian de Visscher & Philippe Destatte (dir.)(2019) Les régions européennes face à la crise : Quels enjeux de gouvernance pour la Wallonie ? Institut Destrée, Namur – Wallonie, Belgium
  • Alistair Cole (preface) Wales, the United Kingdom and Europe: Europeanising Devolution London: British Academy (ISBN: 978-0-85672-608-8 ), 2013

Membership of professional societies :

  • Fellow of Royal Society of Wales, 2015-
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, 2011-
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2011-
  • Member of the Franco-British Council, 2010-
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2009-
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2009-



Teaching and Learning

I have taught a very wide range of courses since taking up my first position in 1985-86 at Merton College Oxford, mainly in the fields of Comparative Politics, French Politics, European Politics, Territorial Politics and International Relations. At Sciences Po Lyon, I mainly taught through the medium of French (vie politique française, politiques publiques, politiques europeennes comparées). I have administered several masters' programmes and courses, centred on Europe, International Relations and Globalisation. As an example of my geographical reach, in Summer 2019 I taught a course on European Politics in crisis at the Summer Institute, Hokkaido University, Japan.

While at Cardiff, I played an active role in the School's Teaching and Learning committee as head of Post-graduate programmes and defended this dossier in the Quality Progress Review audit in 2008. I have acted as an external expert on teaching and learning issues on several occasions: at LSE and Aston notably. In 2002, I negotiated the joint degree-diploma scheme between Cardiff and the Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, and I coordinated this innovative scheme until 2014. In 2003, I was placed on the European Commission's list of SOCRATES experts. From 2004 to 2009 my major administrative responsibility at Cardiff was as Director of Postgraduate Studies, involving overall coordination of six Masters schemes and around 50 PhD students. I wrote the School's successful submission for ESRC recognition in 2005 and coordinated the School's contribution to the AHRC Block Grant Partnership in 2008. I secured recognition for an ESRC pathway in Language Based Area Studies in the All Wales Doctoral Training centre (2011).

During my period in Lyon (2015-19), I was engaged in teaching at all levels, notably Masters (coordination of the Cities and Regions in Europe course; participation in the University-wide Cities and Urban Environment course); 4th Year Sciences Po Diploma (Politiques publiques comparées en Europe - Comparative European Politics); 2nd Year (Vie politique en Europe -European politics and society); 1st Year (La vie politique française contemporaine – Contemporary French Politics). I participated fully in the Diploma of French and European Studies, with courses on French Politics and Society and Emmanuel Macron's Political Leadership. I led negotiations on creating new programmes with the Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Loughborough, UK, and associated with similar initiatives in the US (University of Virginia)

Teaching Philosophy

In addition to teaching experience, my practice has been guided by several overarching principles:

Research-based teaching. Good teaching is based on good research and vice versa. In my case, students have fully participated in refining perspectives that have subsequently been developed in publications. My French Politics and Society textbook, for example, was based on courses initially delivered in Keele (1989-94). More recent work on territorial governance and political trust has been embellished by student feedback. Students have been beneficiaries of my research into French and comparative politics, and my own perspectives have been greatly developed because of student involvement and feedback.

International-based learning. I have been full professor of politics in three very different systems of higher education, the British, the French and now that of Hong Kong. Combining the strengths of these systems, with their different methodological and ontological foundations, provides a useful challenge. The advantages of the British system lie in student-based learning, in small group teaching and in openness to new technologies as part of teaching practice; the downside, in the difficulty of grasping issues of methodology and the occasionally excessive formalism with quality regimes. The advantage in the French system lies in a degree of formal rigour, the disadvantage being that of limited creativity. Students on dual degree schemes can experience the best of both systems and I hope to infuse this international perspective in students of HKBU.

Beyond my own teaching practice, I have consistently developed student exchange and inter-change. At Keele and Bradford, I oversaw ERASMUS students. While at Cardiff, I established the Cardiff-Bordeaux joint degree-diploma, one of the first of its kind in the UK (running since 2002). I have continued this activity in Lyon (and the proposed schemes with Hong Kong BU and Loughbourough). Rather than converge towards a unified set of teaching approaches and philosophies, the value of these schemes (and their Franco-German equivalents) is to train students to prosper in very different societal, political and economic contexts.

I value Language-based Area Studies, especially for doctoral students. While at Cardiff, I obtained recognition for the Language Based Area Studies as a pathway of the ESRC-funded Welsh Doctoral Training Centre, as well as contributing to the successful collective effort to obtain recognition for Politics and International Relations. LBAS signifies not only being taught or trained through the target language, but also encouraging ab initio language training as part of a professional project. Sciences Po Lyon (and the Sciences Po in general) excel in this dimension; the proposed Sciences Po Lyon/HKBU joint programme will incorporate this philosophy.

In terms of pedagogical practice, I am able in practical terms to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of two leading systems of higher education, hence to propose elements of best practice. From the UK practice, I would identify as a strength a mainstream approach based on competencies and learning outcomes, rather than restitution of learned facts; from French practice, the engagement of policy practitioners in class discussions and in situ project-based learning.  Drawing on the best practices involves a preference for mixed methods teaching, involving: collaborative projects, role-play, group discussions, as well as the more classical lectures and seminars.

I have also been involved in extensive external examining, mainly in UK based institutions:

  • 2015-2019. External Examiner. Aston University, UK
  • 2015-2018. External Examiner. Bradford University, UK
  • 2015-2018. External Advisor. Dual degree-diploma between Sciences Po, Lille, France and University of Kent, UK.
  • 2011-2015. External Examiner, French and  European Studies, University College, London, UK
  • 2010-2013. External Examiner, French and Politics, Bristol University, UK
  • 2009-2012. External Examiner, Msc (econ) in Public Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 2007-2010. External Examiner, French and European Studies,  University of Reading, UK
  • 2007-2010. External Examiner, Politics, University of Aberystwyth, UK
  • 2001-2005. External Examiner, Politics and European Studies, Aston University, UK
  • 1999-2003. External Examiner, European Studies, Keele University, UK
  • 1997- 2000. External Examiner, Politics Department, Leeds University, UK