Dr Stephen Barber

Senior Research Fellow

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Email : s.barber@gpilondon.com


Stephen Barber is Professor of Global Affairs at Regent’s University London. Previously he held posts at the University of Bedfordshire and London South Bank University. He is a specialist in public policy and government, political economy, strategic environment and having worked in the City of London, the globalisation of financial markets. He is editor of the International Public Management Review and Associate Editor of Local Economy Journal. 

The author of several monographs and numerous academic journal articles, his 2011 book Tragedy of Riches foresaw the rise of what is now the Brexit environment on which he has subsequently published and lectured.  His later research has also been the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary.  He wrote and presented the programme ‘The Case for Doing Nothing’ which was first broadcast in October 2016.

A frequent guest on television and radio he has appeared on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Aljazeera, CNN and other international media from Canada to Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and Norway.

He is available for interview – please get in touch.

He tweets @StephenBarberUK


Barber, S. Westminster, Governance and the Politics of Policy Inaction: Do Nothing, Palgrave Macmillan Pivot, 2016

Barber, S. The Tragedy of Riches: how our politics has failed us and why we need a new economic destiny, University of Buckingham Press, 2011

Barber, S. Political Strategy: modern politics in contemporary Britain, Liverpool Academic Press, 2005

Edited collections

Brassey, A. and Barber, S., (eds) Greed, Palgrave Macmillan, (foreword Nicola Horlick), 2009

Barber, S. (ed), The Geo-politics of the City, Forum Press, (foreword by Peter Jay), 2007

Barber, S. (ed), The City in Europe and the World, ERF, (foreword by Peter Mandelson), 2005


Barber, S. ‘Public Administration and the MBA Crossover: what is the case for more socialisation?’, International Public Management Review, 18 (2), 2018

Barber, S. ‘A Truly Transformative MBA: executive education for the fourth industrial revolution’ Journal of Pedagogic development, July 2018

Murdock, A. and Barber, S. ‘IPMR and public management: the next 18 years?’, editorial International Public Management Review, 18 (1), 2017 1-20

Barber, S. ‘Can Parliamentary Oversight of Security and Intelligence be Considered More Open Government than Accountability?, International Public Management Review, 18 (1), 2017 45-58

Barber, S. ‘The Brexit Environment Demands that Deliberative Democracy Meets Inclusive Growth’, Local Economy, 32 (3) May 2017, 219-239

Barber, S. & Jones, A. ‘Jumping off the Cliff’ editorial, Local Economy, 32 (3) May 2017 153-155

Barber, S. ‘London Exceptionalism and the Challenge of Brexit’, British Politics Review, 11 (3) Summer 2016. 22-23

Barber, S. & Luke, P. ‘Putting Theory into Theory: thematic value of research in public administration teaching’, Teaching Public Administration,  34 (1) March 2016, 96-108

Barber, S. ‘’Westminster’s Wingman’? Shadow Chancellor as a Strategic and Coveted Political Role’, Journal of British Politics, 11 (2) 2016. 184-204

Barber, S. ‘Addressing the Pedagogic Challenges of Enterprise in Delivering Public Administration Education’, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, December 2014

Barber, S. Stretched but not snapped: constitutional lessons from the 2010 coalition government in Britain’. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 52(4),2014. 473-492.

Barber, S. ‘ Vietnam, Policy Inaction and the Wilson Government’, British Politics Review, 9(3), Sept 2014, 9-11

Barber, S.  ‘Referendums and the British Experience’, British Politics Review, 9 (2), May 2014 13-14

Barber, S. Principles or practicalities? Salvaging House of Lords reform. Renewal: a Journal of Labour Politics, 22(1/2), 2014. 118-128.

Barber, S. Arise, Careerless Politician: The Rise of the Professional Party Leader. Politics, 34(1), 2014. 23-31.

Barber, S. ‘The Coalition and Constitutional Reform Revisited’, Amicus Curiae: Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, 95, Autumn, 2013 16-18

Barber, S. ‘Kicked in Touch: Football as a Proxy for Authenticity’, British Politics Review, 8 (2), May 2013. 3-5

Barber, S. Faioli, M.. Meyer, H. ‘A Social Dimension for Transatlantic Economic Relations’, Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Number 77, 2011. 255-270

Barber, S., and Meyer, H. ‘Transatlantic Economic Relations as a Bridge’, Economia e Lavoro Journal, March 2011. 101-107

Barber, S., and Meyer, H. ‘Making Transatlantic Economic Relations Work’, Global Policy Journal, 2 (1), January 2011. 106-111

Barber, S.  ‘Global Markets and the Limits of Political Decision Making’, Contemporary European Studies Journal, June 2007. 51-62

Barber, S.  ‘The Flawed Strategy of the SDP’, Journal of Liberal History, Winter 2004. 12-15