Lengthy exchange visits to France as a teenager and a gap year as an “au pair” in Germany resulted in an early interest in the relationships between the countries of a Europe. A degree in History at Cambridge (Newnham College) was followed by employment as a “senior” civil servant in the UK and in the British High Commission in Malaysia, where I also had my first experience of university teaching. After a time as a fulltime housewife and mother I took a master’s degree in European Studies and a doctorate in Government as a mature student at the London School of Economics. I have worked at the Universities of Sussex and Kent and at Aston since 1998. I have been a visiting professor at the Universities of Paris I, Paris II and the Political Studies Institute in Lille. I have just published a book on Women, Power and Politics and am continuing to work in that area.
- MA (Cantab)
- M Sc Econ (London)
- PhD (London)
- The government and politics of France (especially the administration and political-administrative relations)
- The institutions and administration of the European Union
- Women in politics
Hobbies & Interests
- Listening to classical music, especially opera
- English country dancing
- I am a governor of South Hampstead High School for Girls GDST.
- 2000 Brussels Bureaucrats? The Administration of the European Union London: Macmillan) xxiv+ 277 pp.
- 2000 ‘La chute de la Commission Santer’ Revue Française d’Administration Publique No 95 juillet-septembre 2000 pp. 369 – 380
- 2000 Translation with Handley Stevens, of Sauron, Jean-Louis The French Administration and the European Union, Paris: La Documentation Française 184 pp.
- 2001 Translation with Mary Stevens, of Local Government in France, Paris: La Documentation Française 201 pp.
- 2002 ‘Europeanisation and the Administration of the EU: a Comparative Perspective’. Queen’s Papers on Europeanisation No 4/2002 at http://www.qub.ac.uk/ies/onlinepapers/poe4-02.pdf
- 2003 ‘Une simple amélioration ou une modernisation radicale ?: La réforme de l’administration de la Commission Européenne’ Revue Française d’Administration Publique No 105 –106 2003 pp.81 -94
- 2003 The Government and Politics of France London: Third edition: substantially reformatted, revised and rewritten (Palgrave Macmillan) xvi+300 pp
- 2004 With Roger Levy ‘Editorial: The Reform of EU Management: Taking Stock and Looking Forward’ Public Policy and Administration Vol 19 No 3 Autumn 2004 pp. 1 -6
- 2005 ‘The French Administrative Exception: change and resistance’ in Chafer, Tony and Emmanuel Godin, (eds) The French Exception Oxford: Berghahn pp. 76 – 99
- 2006 With Richard Sakwa ‘Conclusion: Globalisation, Europeanisation and Nationalism in contemporary context’ in Sakwa, Richard. and A Stevens (eds) Contemporary Europe 2nd Edition London: Palgrave Macmillan pp. 279 - 293
- 2006 United in its diversity’: Ever closer union and the European dimension’ in Sakwa, Richard and A Stevens (eds) Contemporary Europe 2nd Edition London: Palgrave Macmillan pp.186 - 212
- 2006 ‘The senior civil servants of the EU: statutory uniformity and cultural diversity’ in Dreyfus, Françoise and Jean-Michel Eymeri (eds) La Science Politique de l’Administration Economica (coll: Etudes politiques) pp. 9 – 24
- 2006 With David Spence ‘Staff and Personnel Policy in the European Commission’ in Spence, David with Geoffrey Edwards (ed) The European Commission (3rd edition) London: John Harper Publishing pp. 173 – 208
- 2006 With Handley Stevens ‘Management and Reform in the European Commission’ in Spence, David with Geoffrey Edwards (ed) The European Commission (3rd edition) London: John Harper Publishing pp. 454 - 480
- 2006 With Roger Levy ‘Gender and Management in the European Commission’ in McTavish, Duncan and Karen Miller (eds) Women In Leadership And Management Cheltenham: Edward Elgar pp.204 - 220
- 2007 Women Power and Politics London: Palgrave Macmillan