Professor Karen Miller

Karen_MillarDate: Wednesday 26th Nov 2014

Time: 1pm

Room: 2.4

Topic: Public Governance: the government of non-state actors in ‘partnerships’

Speaker: Professor Karen Miller, Glasgow Caledonian University

Speaker bio

Prof. Karen Johnston Miller has extensive academic and research experience having worked in leading universities in South Africa, USA and UK. In addition to her academic career she has worked with and for public sector and civil society organisations to improve public service delivery. She has also worked for a donor organisation to promote democratic development on an international scale. Prof. Miller has a strong research publication record in various aspects of public policy, political-administrative leadership, public governance, public management and gender equality. She has led and been involved in numerous research projects in these research areas. Prof. Miller is joint editor of the journal Public Policy and Administration and serves on a number of editorial boards. She also serves on the boards of societies such as the International Research Society for Public Management, the Joint University Council and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. Prof. Miller has important and current engagement with research-practitioner and community policy networks.

Seminar brief

The presentation will focus on public governance and how government, private sector and voluntary sector organisations work in partnerships. Partnerships, as a form of governance, involve state and non-state actors in networks which are increasingly being employed in the formulation and implementation of public policy. The involvement of state and non-state actors in partnerships and networks of co-governance and co-production of public services are evident throughout the United Kingdom (UK). This paper focuses on the internal dynamics of local partnerships and offers insights into the interactions between state and non-state actors in these governance networks. The paper concludes that state’s authoritative role creates asymmetries in governance networks which make the theoretical conceptualisation of governance questionable.