Senior Lecturer
Political and Cultural Studies
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Dion Curry is lecturer in public policy in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2011 and previously studied at the University of Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser University in Canada, as well as Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. After his PhD, he worked in Vilnius, Lithuania, for the Public Policy and Management Institute as a consultant for the European Union on issues such as human rights, social policy and vocational education and training. He then worked from 2012-2014 as a research fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), looking at the future of the public sector in Europe as part of an EU FP7 project on Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS). He has also worked with the Institute of Governance Studies (Simon Fraser University) and the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment (University of Saskatchewan). He has been awarded funding from different sources including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British government’s Overseas Research Scholarship.

Dion’s main areas of interest are multi-level governance, European Union politics and policy, devolution and public sector reform. He has been published in journals including Parliamentary Affairs and Policy Studies, and has contributed a book chapter to the International Handbook of Public Administration. In addition, he has written numerous research reports, policy evaluations and editorials for various European and North American institutes and sources, and presented papers and invited lectures at conferences and universities in Canada and throughout Europe. He is currently finalising a research monograph for Palgrave Macmillan entitled ‘Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Understanding Power Between Levels’.


  1. Intra-European Movement: Multi-Level or Mismatched Governance?. In Scholten P., van Ostaijen M. (Ed.), Between Mobility and Migration. -160). Springer International Publishing.
  2. The question of EU legitimacy in the Social OMC peer review process. Journal of European Social Policy 26(2), 168-182.
  3. Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Structures, Relations and Understanding Power Between Levels. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. & The State and Perceptions of Public Sector Reform in Europe. In Andrew Massey; Karen Johnston (Ed.), The International Handbook of Public Administration. (pp. 369-398). Edward Elgar.
  5. Participatory Processes as Unreliable Narrators: Political Legitimacy and Governance Narratives in the Social OMC Peer Review Process. In Decentring European Governance. (pp. 60-81). Routledge.

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  • PO-209 The State and Political Institutions

    This module allows participants to explore and scrutinize some of the key contemporary debates on the state and political institution within the framework of comparative political science ¿ or comparative politics. Comparative politics involves describing, comparing, and explaining political phenomena around the world. It asks questions such as how do different countries¿ political systems compare to one another and why are they similar or different? Why are some countries democratic while others are authoritarian? How do states become democratic? What effect does having a presidential form of government rather than a parliamentary one have on public policy outputs? How do rules for elections differ across countries and what effects do they have on politics? Why do some countries have a multiparty political system while others have a two-party system? This course will help you answer these questions and will provide you with the tools to tackle more complex questions in comparative politics. Rather than studying a handful of countries in detail, we will concentrate on taking a scientific approach to studying comparative politics. We will emphasize important concepts, theories, and empirical questions and research findings. You will have the opportunity to focus on politics in one specific country (see country assignments below). However, the goal is not to make you experts on specific countries, but rather to give you the tools to study countries comparatively and help you to understand why politics looks the way it does around the world.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-397 Researching Politics 2

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. Students extend and deepen the research undertaken in PO-396 Researching Politics 1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources. In these meetings, students evaluate, criticise and analyse issues concerning the topic under investigation. Minutes of the meetings are kept and the meetings are conducted with a view to arriving at a common position that will serve as the basis for producing a collectively authored report and presentation. Each student in the group also produces a shorter individual report on their own experience of Researching Politics, in the course of which they reflect on their individual contribution to the groups output. This self-assessment is validated by the other members of the group.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M67 The Policy Making Process

    This module introduces or reintroduces students to the policy-making process and the major strands of thinking and models for understanding the policy cycle over the last twenty years. It makes use of case studies and analytic perspectives in order to understand the complexities of managing policy and government at local, regional, national and supra-national levels within the context of changed and changing ideas about governance.

  • PO-M87 Comparative Governance in Complex Systems

    The module provides a look at the growth of governance as a way of understanding politics and public policy that moves beyond traditional ideas of government and power. After examining what, exactly, governance means, the module will outline the key frameworks and theories underpinning the governance literature, which will be augmented with practical applications of the concept from different political contexts. This will be followed by examination of the structural, relational and policy elements that underpin governing and decision-making and how governance can be measured as a normative and analytical concept, as well as the challenges to democratic accountability and legitimacy posed by governance. The module will finish by looking at governance in real-world contexts and the implications of the shift from 'government' to 'governance' in public administration, the EU, developing nations and other complex systems and policy contexts.


  • Falling Down Before the Divine Right of Experts: Exploring the Significance of Epistemic Communities for Multi-Level Governance Arrangements (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • Shifting Boundaries: Public Service Motivation in Public and Non-profit Organizations (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Bettina Petersohn
  • The working title of my thesis is "The Peanut Kingdom: Rural Society & Federal Policy in Caddo County, Oklahoma." (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner
  • The Uninvited Guest: Local Government Crisis Policymaking and Chief Executive Intervention. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury



  • Curry, D. (Forthcoming). Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Understanding Power Between Levels. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Curry, D., Hammerschmid, G. and Van de Walle, S. (2015). ‘The State and Perceptions of Public Sector Reform in Europe,’ in Massey, A. and Miller, K. The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

Articles and reports

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Curry, D. and Flinders, M. (2008). ‘Deliberative Democracy, Elite Politics and Electoral Reform’, Policy Studies, 29 (4), pp. 371-392.
  • Flinders, M. and Curry, D. (2008). ‘Bi-Constitutionality: Unravelling New Labour’s Constitutional Orientations’, Parliamentary Affairs, 61 (1), pp. 99-121.

Research Reports

Other Publications

 Selected Other Publications