Dr Alice Moseley

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Past and Present Research Projects

Helping Citizens to Exercise Choice in Public Services, UKRC Catalyst Seed Fund, 2014

Dr Alice Moseley (PI), Professor Oliver James (CI) and Dr Carolyn Petersen (CI), University of Exeter.

This project will explore (i) citizens’ use of different forms of information to inform choices (eg performance information, peer testimony, research, own experience); (ii) existing services to support choice (eg brokerage, benchmarking websites, decision aids). Provider and service user views in health and social care settings will be incorporated.  Seed funding has been obtained to run workshops to develop a co-produced research agenda with public service commissioners and providers on the development and testing of mechanisms to support user choice.

Giving Time Project (ESRC Funded) – June 2012 - Dec 2014

A collaborative project between University College London, the University of Exeter, the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton. Research Team: Professor Peter John (PI), Professor Gerry Stoker (CI), Professor Oliver James (CI), Liz Richardson (CI), Dr Alice Moseley (Research Fellow) & Matt Ryan (Senior Research Assistant).

Why people give time to contribute to the public good on a voluntary basis is a subject which has held an enduring interest for scholars across the social sciences. The project examines whether sharing information about how others have contributed helps to increase volunteering. The project entails two major randomised controlled trials, one exploring the impact of leader (politician, celebrity and peer) endorsement on volunteering levels, and the other examining the effect of social information on volunteering levels. The project involves volunteers from different contexts: students, those volunteering with national charities and citizens more generally.

Previous Research Projects

Chief Executive Succession and the Performance of Central Government Agencies, ESRC Funded, 2010-2013

A collaborative project between the University of Exeter, the University of Kentucky and the University of Cardiff. Research Team: Professor Oliver James (PI), Professor George Boyne (CI) and Dr Nicolai Petrovsky (CI), Dr Alice Moseley (Research Fellow)

This project examined the causes and consequences of chief executive succession in UK Executive Agencies, using an original panel data set of UK Executive Agencies from 1988 to the present day incorporating biographical data on chief executives and measures of executive agency performance. Building on previous research on leadership change in local government, the project sought to provide a new perspective on succession in central government executive agencies focusing on the effect of ‘insiderness’. We examined a series of question including the effects of insider/ outsider background on performance, influences on chief executives’ length of tenure, explanations for the choice of insider/ outsider appointments, and explanations for the survival of central government agencies.

The project webpage including working papers can be found here 

Rediscovering the Civic (ESRC Project), funded by ESRC Ventures, Communities and Local Government, North-West Innovation Network, 2007-2010

A collaborative project between University College London, the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton. Research Team: Professor Peter John, Professor Gerry Stoker, Professor Graham Smith, Dr Sarah Cotterill, Dr Alice Moseley, Dr Liz Richardson.

This project investigated the most effective means to encourage active citizenship. Citizen activities matter because engagement assists public policy outcomes, such as safer communities and more efficient public services. The project sought to develop greater knowledge and understanding of the link between interventions designed to stimulate participation, the level and depth of civic engagement and policy outcomes. This grant also aimed to develop greater knowledge of the type of interventions that policy-makers can undertake to sustain the activities of citizens as users and co-producers of services. The project used innovative experimental methods, including randomized control trials and design experiments, as well as more traditional survey re-analysis, to understand the civic-outcome link.  The research was particularly timely in its impact on recent policy debates about ‘nudge’ and led to the publication of the book Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think (John, Cotterill, Moseley, Richardson, Smith, Stoker & Wales).

Click here to view a full text of the book.

The Governance of Collaboration in Local Public Service Delivery Networks: An Empirical Study of the Influence and Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Coordination Tools in English Homelessness Services (ESRC/ ODPM/ PwC PhD Stipend), 2004-2008

My doctoral thesis assessed the effectiveness of policy tools designed to foster collaboration in local public service delivery networks and provided an in-depth case study of the underlying bureaucratic politics of collaboration. A mixed methods approach was employed, combining evidence from documentary sources, a postal survey of 193 English Local Authorities and interviews with 'street level bureaucrats' and with civil servants in central government.