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Prof. Paul Furlong

Job Title: Member of the WISERD Policy Network

Institution: Cardiff University

Telephone: 029 208 74238


Paul is Professor of European Studies in the School of European Studies at Cardiff University.  He came to Cardiff in 2000 as Head of School, a post he occupied until 2009.  Before that, he had academic posts at the Universities of Hull and Birmingham.  He was chair of the Standing Conference of Head of European Studies from 2004 to 2007, and is currently chair of the Italian Politics Specialist Group in the Political Studies Association (UK).  He was a member of the European Studies sub-panel for RAE2008. 

Research Interests

Paul’s main research interests are in Comparative European Politics, especially Italian public policy and political economy.  He has written also on European integration (particularly the Bologna process) and on methodology in political science.

He is concerned throughout his work to connect questions of public policy (the substance of authoritative public decisions) to questions about political representation (whose interests have a voice in political decision-making) and to connect these to the outcomes of public policy (how policy is implemented and with what effect).  Across Europe as a whole, these questions are especially relevant to issues of regional economic and social regeneration, to their effectiveness and equity.  In that sense, Paul has been committed throughout his research to an approach that combines detailed understanding of localities (including sensitivity to their history and culture) with a comparative methodology that uses European-wide experience to inform analysis and evaluation.

Current Research

Paul is currently working on a study of the social and political thought of Julius Evola, to be published by Routledge in early 2011.

Click here to view Paul’s official Cardiff University bio page.

Recent Publications

Furlong P, 2012, 'Informal governance in higher education reform:  the Bologna process in Europe' in T. Christiansen et al. (eds) International handbook on informal governance (Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham) Glos 2101 (Available here)

Furlong P, Marsh D, 2010, 'Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science' in D. Marsh and G. Stoker (eds) Theory and Methods in Political Science 3rd Edition (Palgrave, Basingstoke)

Furlong P, 2010, “Bologna’s Deepening Empire:  Higher Education Policy in Europe” in K Dyson and A. Sepos (eds) Which Europe? The Politics of Differentiated Integration (Palgrave, London) (Available here)

Furlong P, Lucia Q, 2008, “Italy: Creeping towards convergence” in K. Dyson (ed) The Euro at Ten (OUP, Oxford) pp.204-221


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