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Barbara joins King’s College London from the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (University of Oxford) where she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and a teaching associate. Prior to that she was a researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. From September 2023 Barbara will be a Lecturer in Public Policy at King's College London's Department of Political Economy.

Barbara holds a PhD and an MA in political science from the University of Rochester (USA) and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research interests

  • Bureaucracy
  • Public sector motivation
  • Authoritarianism
  • Regime transitions

Barbara’s research focuses on the incentives faced by bureaucrats, with a particular focus on authoritarian states and states undergoing regime transitions.

To date, Barbara has concentrated on the analysis of two very different organizations. In her study of the East German Ministry for State Security (Stasi) she constructed and analysed a dataset based on files of almost 300 informants to draw lessons about authoritarian survival. Barbara is also a member of a research project studying the recent history of expenditure control in the UK Treasury. As a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Barbara works on motivations of bureaucrats during transitions to democracy.

Office hours

Tuesday: 15.00 - 16.00

Thursday: 15.00 - 16.00

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7SSPN001 The Policy Process

Latest publications

Hood, C. & Piotrowska, B.M. (2021) Who Loves Ringfences? What Happened to 'Outputs' not 'Inputs' in UK Public Financial Management, and Why? Early View at Public Administration

Hood, C. & Piotrowska, B.M. (2020) Goodhart's Law and the Gaming of UK Public Spending Numbers Public Performance & Management Review

Piotrowska, B.M. (2020) The Price of Collaboration: How Authoritarian States Retain Control Comparative Political Studies 53(13):2091-2117