Professor Richard Rose


Personal statement

Professor Richard Rose is a pioneer in the comparative study of public policy through quantitative and qualitative analysis. He has given seminars in 45 countries across Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, and his writings have been translated into 18 languages. He is the founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy, for which he has been made a fellow of four natoinal academies and given many lifetime achievement honours. For career details see the annual edition of Who's Who (London: A & C Black).


The quiet before the guns came out
Rose Richard, Bew Paul, Coleman Marie, Dháibhéid C,N
Northern Ireland 1921-2021 Centenary Historical Perspectives (2022) (2022)
How Referendums Challenge European Democracy : Brexit and Beyond
Rose Richard
When institutions and issues change, voting changes
McAllister Ian, Rose Richard
How Referendums Challenge European Democracy Brexit and Beyond (2020) (2020)
Do populist values or civic values drive support for referendums in Europe?
Rose Richard, Wessels Bernhard
European Journal of Political Research (2020)
Understanding corruption in different contexts
Rose Richard, Peiffer Caryn
Public Policy Research in the Global South A Cross Country Perspective (2019) (2019)
Democratic and undemocratic states
Rose Richard
Democratization (2018) (2018)

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How has Ukraine affected Britain’s place in Europe?
Diagnosing the Health of Democracy
A Medical Approach to Diagnosing the Health of British Democracy
Building Links with the EU after the Next Election
Building Links with the EU after the Next Election
Electoral Calculus

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2016 Referendum Vote: Challenges in Implementing the EU Referendum
Rose, Richard (Principal Investigator)
16-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2016
Choices for a Referendum Act
Rose, Richard (Principal Investigator)
24-Jan-2015 - 15-Jan-2016
Representing Europeans: The 2009 European Parliament Election In Theory And Practice
Rose, Richard (Principal Investigator)
"The growth in the EU's powers means that it can no longer carry out integration by stealth. Measures adopted to save the eurozone impose visible political costs without immediately visible benefits, which makes it more difficult to secure popular commitment to an ever closer union.

EU decision making occurs by consensus among the governing parties of member states, but on average they represent half their electorate, and with a multi-national Parliament whose MEPs disagree in seeking national votes but agree in endorsing EU integration. The many checks built into EU decision making institutionalise a high degree of horizontal accountability; an equally strong system of vertical accountability to Europe's citizens is lacking. However, voters can invoke their power as national citizens to pass judgment on the government that represents them in Brussels. National governments thus face competing pressures to agree with governments of other countries in the European Council and to deliver satisfaction to their own electorate. In most national referendums on EU issues, a majority endorse EU agreements.

If EU powers are to expand, the project recommends that more use should be made of national referendums to test popular commitment to EU treaties. This will also require differentiated integration so that member states where majorities want more integration may proceed while those that do not can stay where they are."
08-Jan-2012 - 07-Jan-2012
The experience of corruption: a comparative global analysis
Rose, Richard (Principal Investigator)
Corruption is a major problem of governance in countries with most of the world's population. The project will go beyond existing measures of the perception of corruption by analysing the actual experience of corruption as reported in more than 500 sample surveys from more than 130 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Each survey asks a battery of key questions about contacts with health, education, police and other municipal services, and whether any bribes were paid. Survey data makes it possible to test whether corruption is more of a problem for people who have high or low incomes, more or less education, live in urban or rural areas, or differ in age or gender. The project partner is Transparency International's Secretariat in Berlin. It will cooperate in the dissemination of the results. The project draws on Richard Rose's decades of experience in designing and analysing surveys across continents and as a pro bono adviser to Transparency International. William Mishler will be responsible for sophisticated multi-level statistical analysis.
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2016

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