Peter John

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the School of Public Policy, University College London

Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the School of Public Policy, University College London. He is known for his books on public policy: Analysing Public Policy (2nd edition 2012) and Making Policy Work (2011). He is author, with Keith Dowding, of Exits, Voices and Social Investment: Citizens’ Reaction to Public Services (2012) and, with Anthony Bertelli (NYU), Public Policy Investment (2013). He uses experiments to study civic participation in public policy, with the aim of finding out what governments and other public agencies can do to encourage citizens to carry out acts of collective benefit. This work appeared in Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think: Using Experiments to Change Civic Behaviour, which was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011. He is an academic advisor to the Behavioural Insights Team and is involved in a number projects that seek to test out behavioural insights with trials, such as the redesign of tax reminders and channel shift. He co-edits The Journal of Public Policy.

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