Professor Allan McConnell

Professor Allan McConnell

BA Pais (UK) PhD Pais (UK)
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BACKGROUND

Allan McConnell is a political scientist whose main interests lie in various aspects of public policy making. He is particularly interested in issues of success and failure. Aspects of his research deal with the policy and political dimensions of crises, disasters and policy failures. Issues include contingency planning, political leadership, accountability, inquiries and learning. One of the main themes is the political nature (large P and small p) of public authority responses to crisis, rather than them being simply ‘rational’ responses to extraordinary phenomena. Other aspects of his research focus on the issue of policy success. A recent book Understanding Policy Success: Rethinking Public Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) deals with this rarely-studied topic, including the relationship between success and failure. In doing so it helps explain, he argues, many under-researched phenomena, such as hidden agendas, ‘policy on the hoof’ and ‘good politics but bad policy’. Allan is currently working on several solo and collaborative projects which develop these themes in areas such as the global financial crisis, Scottish devolution, hidden agendas, models of the policy process and the politics of policy inaction. He was previously the Chair of the Department of Government International Relations and is now Acting Head of School until the end of February 2014.

RESEARCH

Research Interests
  • Public policy analysis
  • The politics of crises, disasters and policy failures
  • Policy success

TEACHING

Past Courses
  • GOVT2552 - Policy Analysis
  • GOVT6316 - Policy Making, Power and and Politics
  • GOVT6318 - Crises, Disasters and Public Management

PUBLICATIONS

Books Authored and Edited

Legrand, T & McConnell, A (eds) (2012), Emergency Policy: Volume III, Global Influences on National Crisis Management, Ashgate, Farnham.

McConnell, A 2010, Understanding Policy Success: Rethinking Public Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Boin, A, McConnell, A & t' Hart, P (eds) 2008, Governing After Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Drennan, L & McConnell, A 2007, Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Sector, Routledge, Abingdon.

McConnell, A 2007, Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Sector, Routledge, Abingdon.

McConnell, A 2004, Scottish Local Government, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

McConnell, A 1999, The Politics and Policy of Local Taxation in Britain, Tudor, Eastham.

McConnell, A 1995, State Policy Formation and the Origins of the Poll Tax, Dartmouth, Aldershot.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hindmoor, A & McConnell, A (2013 forthcoming), "Who Saw it Coming? The UK’s Great Financial Crisis", Journal of Public Policy.

Hindmoor, A & McConnell, A (2013 forthcoming), "Why Didn't They See it Coming? Warning Signs, Acceptable Risks and the Global Financial Crisis", Political Studies

McConnell, A 2011, "Success? Failure? Something In-between? A Framework for Evaluating Crisis Management", Policy & Society, vol. 32, no. 2. 63-76.

Eriksson, K & McConnell, A 2011, "Contingency Planning for Crisis Management: Recipe for Success or Political Fantasy?", Policy & Society, vol. 32, no. 2. 89-99.

McConnell, A 2010, "Policy Success, Policy Failure and Grey Areas In-Between", Journal of Public Policy, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 345-362.

Boin, A, McConnell, A, 't Hart, P & Preston, T 2010, "Leadership Style, Crisis Response and Blame Management: The Case of Hurricane Katrina", Public Administration, vol. 88, no. 3, pp. 706-723.

Marsh, D & McConnell, A 2010, "Towards a Framework for Establishing Policy Success: A Reply to Bovens", Public Administration, vol. 88, no. 2, pp. 564-583.

Marsh, D & McConnell, A 2010, "Towards a Framework for Establishing Policy Success", Public Administration, vol. 88, no. 2, pp. 586-587.

Schwarz, Y & McConnell, A 2009, "Remote Crisis Management: Australia's 2006 Rescue of Citizens Trapped in Lebanon", Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 235-250.

Schwartz, R & McConnell, A 2009, "Do Crises Help Remedy Regulatory Failures? A Comparative Study of the Walkerton Water and Jerusalem Banquet Hall Disasters", Canadian Public Administration, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 92-112. [Winner of the J.E. Hodgetts Award for the best English-language article published in Canadian Public Administration during 2009]

Boin, A, 't Hart, P & McConnell, A 2009, "Crisis Exploitation: Political and Policy Impacts of Framing Contests", Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 81-106.

McConnell, A, Gauja, A & Botterill, LC 2008, "Policy Fiascos, Blame Management and AWB Limited: The Howard Government’s Escape from the Iraq Wheat Scandal", Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 599-616.

McConnell, A 2008, "Ripples Not Waves: A Policy Configuration Approach to Reform in the Wake of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis", Governance, vol. 21, no. 4, pp.551-580.

Boin, A & McConnell, A 2007, "Preparing for Critical Infrastructure Breakdowns: The Limits of Crisis Management and the Need for Resilience", Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 50-59.

Boin, A & McConnell, A 2007, "Editorial Introduction: Unravelling the Puzzles of Critical Infrastructures", Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-3.

McConnell, A & Drennan, L 2006, "Mission Impossible? Planning and Preparing for Crisis", Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 14, no. 2. pp. 59-70.

Dinan, W, Ford, A McConnell, A & Pyper, R 2006, "Policy Responses to Crisis: The Case of the UK Firefighters’ Dispute", Policy & Politics, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 307-323.

McConnell, A 2006, "Shifting the Balance? Central-Local Relations in Post-Devolution Scotland", International Review of Administrative Sciences, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 71-82.

McConnell, A 2003, "Overview: Crisis Management, Influences, Responses, Evaluation", Parliamentary Affairs, no. 56, July, pp. 393-409 (reprinted in A Boin (ed). 2008. Crisis Management, Three Volumes, Sage: London).

McConnell, A & Stark, A 2002, "Bureaucratic Failure and the UK’s Lack of Preparedness for Foot and Mouth Disease", Public Policy and Administration, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 39-54.

McConnell, A & Stark, A 2002, "Foot and Mouth 2001: The Politics of Crisis Management", Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 55, no. 4, October, pp. 664-681 (reprinted in A Boin (ed), 2008, Crisis Management, Three Volumes, Sage: London).

McConnell, A 2000, "Local Taxation, Policy Formation and Policy Change: A Reply to Peter John", British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 2, no. 1. April, pp. 81-88.

McConnell, A 1997, "The Recurring Crisis of Local Taxation in Post-War Britain", Contemporary British History, vol. 11, no. 3, Autumn, pp. 39-62.

McConnell, A & Pyper, R 1996, "The Select Committee on Scottish Affairs: Emerging Themes and Issues", Scottish Affairs, no. 15, May, pp. 17-31.

Bruce, A & McConnell, A 1995, "Local Government and the NHS: Accountability in the Hollowed Out State", Public Policy and Administration, vol. 10, no. 3, Autumn, pp. 15-28.

McConnell, A 1994, "The 'Crisis' of Conservative Party Funding", Talking Politics, vol. 7, no. 1, Autumn, pp. 41-45.

McConnell, A & Pyper, R 1994, "A Committee Again: The First Year of the Revived Select Committee on Scottish Affairs", Scottish Affairs, no. 7, Spring, pp. 15-34.

McConnell, A 1992, "Scotland After the General Election: The Constitution In Flux?", Talking Politics, vol. 5, no. 1, Autumn, pp. 15-17.

McConnell, A 1990, "The Birth of the Poll Tax", Critical Social Policy, 28, Summer, pp. 67-78.

Edited Special Editions of Journals

McConnell, A (ed.) 2011, "Success and Failure in Public Crisis Management", Special Edition of Policy & Society.

Boin, A & McConnell, A (eds) 2007, "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Prospects for a Resilient Approach", Special Edition of the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 15, no. 1.

McConnell, A & Ridley, FF (eds) 2003, "When Government Must Step in: Crisis Management in British Government", Special Edition of Parliamentary Affairs, no. 56, July.

Non-refereed Journal Articles

Boin, A & Rhinard, M (eds) with Carrel, L, Duke, S, Ekengren, M, Flin, M, Groenleer, M, Kirchner, E, Lagadec, P, Lezaun, J, McConnell, A, Missiroli, A, Ojanen, H, Porfiriev, B, Prezelj, I 2005, Transnational Breakdowns: What Role for the EU?, European Policy Centre: Brussels.

Book Chapters

Legrand, T & McConnell, A 2012, "Issues for the Future: Emerging Debates on the Intersection of Globalisation and National Crisis Management", in T Legrand, & A McConnell (eds), Emergency Policy: Volume III, Global Influences on National Crisis Management, Farnham, Ashgate.

Legrand, T & McConnell, A 2012 "Introduction: Mapping Global Influences on National Crisis Management", in T Legrand & A McConnell (eds), Emergency Policy: Volume III, Global Influences on National Crisis Management, Farnham, Ashgate.

McConnell, A (2012), "Learning From Success and Failure?", in Araral, E, Fritzen, S, Howlett, M, Ramesh, M & Xun, W (eds), Routledge Handbook of Public Policy, Routledge, Abingdon.

McConnell, A 2012, "Institutionalism", in R Smith, A Vromen & I Cook (eds), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

Boin, A, McConnell, A & 't Hart, P 2010, "Coping With Unscheduled Events: The Challenges Of Crisis Leadership", in R Couto (ed), Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook, Sage.

McConnell, A 2009, "Framing Dilemmas in the Quest for Successful Crisis Management", in P Hart & K Tindall (eds), Framing the Global Economic Downturn: Crisis Rhetoric and the Politics of Recessions, ANU e-press, Canberra.

Schwartz, R & McConnell, A 2008, "The Walkerton Water Tragedy and the Versailles Banquet Hall Collapse: Regulatory Failure and Policy Change", in A Boin, A, McConnell, A & P 't Hart (eds), Governing After Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Boin, A McConnell, A & 't Hart, P 2008, "Governing After Crisis", in A Boin, A McConnell & P 't Hart (eds), Governing After Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Boin, A 't Hart, P & McConnell, A 2008, "Conclusions: The Politics of Crisis Exploitation", in A Boin, A McConnell & P 't Hart (eds), Governing After Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning,Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

McConnell, A & Stark, A 2008, "Foot and Mouth 2001: The Politics of Crisis Management", in A Boin (ed), Crisis Management, Three Volumes, Sage, London.

McConnell, A 2000, "Issues of Governance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland", in R Pyper & L Robins (eds), United Kingdom Governance, Macmillan, London.

Bruce, A & McConnell, A 1996, "Accountability in Local Government and the NHS", in R Pyper (ed), Aspects of Accountability in the British System of Government, Tudor, Eastham.

McConnell, A 1996, "Popular Accountability", in R Pyper (ed), Aspects of Accountability in the British System of Government, Tudor, Eastham.

McConnell, A 1994, "A Concluding Thought: Should Parties be Funded by the State?", in L Robins, H Blackmore, R Pyper (eds), Britain’s Changing Party System, Leicester University Press, Leicester.

Keynote papers and Guest Speaker Presentations

McConnell, A 2010, "What is Success in Crisis Management and Can it be Achieved?", Keynote Address, Swiss Society for Administrative Sciences, Berne, 18th November.

Selected Conference Papers

Howlett, M., McConnell, A. and Perl, A. (2013) ‘Reconciling Streams and Cycles: Avoiding Mixed Metaphors in the Characterization of Policy Processes’, paper presented to the Political Studies Association annual conference, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March 25-27.

McConnell, A 2012, "Public Policy as Inaction: The Politics of Doing Nothing', paper presented to the 62nd confer
ence of the Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Belfast, 3-5April.

McGarvey, N & McConnell, A 2012, "Process, Policy and Politics: Examining Some Convenient Scottish Political Myths', paper presented to the 62nd conference of the Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Belfast, 3-5 April.

McGarvey, N & McConnell, A 2012, "Has Scottish Devolution Been a Success?', paper presented to the 62nd conference of the Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Belfast, 3-5April.

Hindmoor, A & McConnell, A 2011, "Hindsight Vs. Foresight: Competing Explanations For Political Failures To Anticipate The Global Financial Crisis", paper presented to the conference of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), Australian National University, Canberra, 26-28 September 2011.

McConnell, A 2011, "International Experiences of Policy Evaluation: Understanding Strategies and Risks", paper presented at the Policy Evaluation Seminar, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2 September.

McConnell, A 2009, "Assessing the Risks of Harnessing Science and Technology to Produce Better Public Policy", paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network Conference, Griffiths University, Brisbane, 23-25 November.

McConnell, A 2009, "A Framework For Helping Explain Policy Appraisal Strategies", paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Lisbon, 14-19 April 2009, Workshop 30: The Politics of Policy Appraisal.

Marsh, D & McConnell, A 2008, "Towards a Framework for Examining Policy Success", paper presented at the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Governance and Public Policy Stream, University of Queensland, 6 – 9 July.

McConnell, A 2007, "What is Policy Change? A Small Step on an Uneven Road", paper presented at Workshop ‘Tracking Policy Through Time: Beyond the Stability-Change Dualism’, Governing by Looking Back Conference, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 12-14 December.

McConnell, A 2007, "Global Experiences of Crisis and Disaster Management: A Public Policy Perspective", paper presented at the Public Risk Management Association – PRIMA, Annual Conference, Boston, 10-13 June 2007.

Boin, A McConnell, A & 't Hart, P 2006, "Inertia or Change? Crisis-induced Challenges for Political Leaders", paper presented to the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Newcastle 25-27 September.

McConnell, A 2006, "Global Crises: Lesson Learned", paper presented to the 14th National Conference of ALARM (National Forum for Risk Management in the Public Sector), Manchester, UK, 26-28 June.

Boin, A & McConnell, A 2006, "Promoting Resilience: The Role of Leaders in Managing Critical Infrastructure Breakdowns", paper presented at the workshop "Protecting Critical Infrastructures: Vulnerable Systems, Modern Crises, and Institutional Design", Conference on Future Challenges for Crisis Management in Europe, Swedish Emergency Management Agency/CRISMART, Stockholm, 4-5 May.

McConnell, A 2005, "The Sydney Water Crisis 1998: A Policy Configuration Approach to Post-Crisis Reform and Learning", paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions - Workshop on Crisis and Politics: Investigations, Accountability and Learning, Granada, Spain, 14-19 April.

McConnell, A 2005, "The Changing Nature of the Public Sector in Australia and Beyond: From Old Style Public Administration to Joined Up Government", paper presented at the CPA Australia, Centering on Excellence Conference, Sydney 15 March.

McConnell, A, 2004, "Has Devolution Transformed Scottish Local Government? Notes from a Small Country Facing Common Problems of Governance", refereed paper presented to the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Adelaide, 29 September - 1 October, available online athttp://www.adelaide.edu.au/apsa/papers/

Working Papers

Pyper, R. & McConnell, A 1998, "Westminster: A Parliament in Crisis?", Working Paper, no. 6, Faculty of Business: Glasgow Caledonian University.

McConnell, A 1998, "Global Experiences of Local Taxation: Lessons for a New Scottish Parliament", Working Paper, no. 2, Faculty of Business: Glasgow Caledonian University.

Bruce, A & McConnell, A 1995, "Changing Regimes of Accountability in Local Government and the NHS", Policy Analysis Research Unit, Faculty of Business: Glasgow Caledonian University, Paper no. 25.

McConnell, A & Pyper, R 1994, "The Revived Select Committee on Scottish Affairs: A Case Study of Parliamentary Contradictions", Strathclyde Papers on Government and Politics, Department of Government: University of Strathclyde.

McConnell, A 1993, "Parliamentarism, Policy Networks and the Poll Tax", Strathclyde Papers on Government and Politics, Department of Government: University of Strathclyde.

Book Reviews

McConnell, A 2012, "Gender, Politics, Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism", ed ML Crook & F Mackay, Public Administration. vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 557-559.

McConnell, A 2010, "Time, Policy, Management: Governing With the Past", by C Pollitt, Public Policy and Administration, vol. 25, no. 3, pp.337-339.

McConnell, A 2008, "Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization", by J Robb, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 16, No, 3, June, pp, 115-116.

McConnell, A 2007, "Local Government in the United Kingdom", by D Wilson & C Game, Public Policy and Administration, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 266-69.

McConnell, A 2006, "The Government of Scotland: Public Policy Making After Devolution", by M Keating, Political Studies, vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 77.

McConnell, A 2005, "Party Politics and Local Government", by C Copus, Public Policy and Administration, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 80-82.

McConnell, A 2002, "Success and Failure in Public Governance: A Comparative Analysis", ed M Bovens, P ’t Hart & B Peters, Public Policy and Administration, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 75-77.

Reports

McConnell, A 2005, "Post-Crisis Reform and Learning in the Aftermath of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis", Report Number: GOV2005-4, Sydney University: School of Economics and Political Science.

McConnell, A 1991, "Public Consultation and the Green Paper 'Paying for Local Government'" Occasional Paper, no. 2, Department of Applied Social Studies, Paisley College.

Other

McConnell, A & Pyper, R 1995, "Is the Scottish Committee Doomed?", Parliamentary Brief, vol. 3, no. 7. May, pp. 72-74.

McConnell, A 1995, "The Hard Facts Facing the SNP", Parliamentary Brief, vol. 3, no. 4, February, pp. 17-18.

COMMENTARY

Opinion Pieces

McConnell, A 2011, "The Next Wave – After the Floods Have Subsided", Online Opinion, 14 January 2011, available online at http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11479&page=2.

Invited Lectures and Seminars

McConnell, A 2011, "Successful Crisis Management: What is it and Why is it Difficult to Achieve?", presentation delivered at Australian Emergency Management Institute workshop, Beyond Command and Control: New Leadership for New Crises, 5 May.