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Dr Barbara Piotrowska
Dr Barbara Piotrowska

Barbara Piotrowska

Lecturer in Public Policy

Biography

Barbara joined 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.

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.

Office hours

Monday: 15.30 - 16.30

Thursday: 14.30 - 15.30

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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. She is also interested more broadly in policymaking in non-democracies.

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 worked on motivations of bureaucrats during transitions to democracy, as well as during democratic backsliding.

Teaching

PhD supervision

Barbara is interested in supervising on the following topics:

  • Bureaucracy
  • Street-level bureaucracy
  • Regime transitions: to democracy and democratic backsliding
  • Authoritarianism
  • Policing and security services

and other topics related to her research interests.

Please get in touch before applying.

Latest publications

Piotrowska, B. M. (2024). The effect of political alignment on street-level bureaucrat job satisfaction and motivation. Governance, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12853

Hood, C., King, M., McLean, I., & Piotrowska, B. M. (2023). The Way the Money Goes: The Fiscal Constitution and Public Spending in the UK. Oxford University Press.

Hood, C. & Piotrowska, B.M. (2023) Who Loves Input Controls? What Happened to 'Outputs' not 'Inputs' in UK Public Financial Management, and Why? Public Administration 101(1), 303-317

Hood, C. & Piotrowska, B.M. (2021) Goodhart's Law and the Gaming of UK Public Spending Numbers Public Performance & Management Review 44(2), 250-271

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

Research

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Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

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Public Policy and Regulation Research Group

Public Policy and Regulation (PPR) is the home for theoretically and empirically grounded research which analyses policy and regulatory responses to important political, social and economic issues, and (individual-level) responses to these policies.

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Comparative Politics Research Group

The Comparative Politics research group hosts a research agenda based on political institutions, representation and regimes.

News

Study finds political views can affect motivation and satisfaction among public servants

Civil servants are significantly less satisfied in their jobs and less motivated to work harder if they hold different political views to those of the...

carolyn-christine-motivation-unsplash

Research

quantative resized
Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

westminster
Public Policy and Regulation Research Group

Public Policy and Regulation (PPR) is the home for theoretically and empirically grounded research which analyses policy and regulatory responses to important political, social and economic issues, and (individual-level) responses to these policies.

talk-at-kings-thumbnail
Comparative Politics Research Group

The Comparative Politics research group hosts a research agenda based on political institutions, representation and regimes.

News

Study finds political views can affect motivation and satisfaction among public servants

Civil servants are significantly less satisfied in their jobs and less motivated to work harder if they hold different political views to those of the...

carolyn-christine-motivation-unsplash