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Lindsay Stirton
Professor of Public Law (Law)
T: +44 (0)1273 872658


My research interests span widely across public law and public administration. My recent work has focused on judicial ideologies in the House of Lords and Supreme Court and on the history of administrative law. I am also interested in governance and regulation in the Commonweatlh Caribbean (especially Jamaica) and in aspects of health care and welfare law and regulation. My current work in this area looks at the relationship between politicians and civil servants in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. My work has been published (or is forthcomng) in leading journals of law and politics including the Law Quarterly Review, Public Law, Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society and Political Studies. My article with T T Arvind, "Explaining the Reception of Code Napoleon in Germany: A Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Analysis" was winner of the 2010 Society of Legal Scholars best paper prize. 

I am particularly interested in empirical inquiry in law, and my expertise encompasses both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Much of my research involves expert and elite interviews with civil servants, in the UK and in the Commonwealth Caribbean, a region in which I have significant area studies expertise. On the quantitative side, I am particularly interested in Bayesian methods. My published and forthcoming work has used Bayesian item response theory (a technique that is useful for estimating judges' ideologies, and also for extracting information from comparative indictors on legal systems) and Bayesian multi-level modelling. I also co-wrote with T T Arvind the first paper to apply fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis to questions of comparative law.

If you are a prospective PhD student looking for supervision and you have an interest in any of the above, do get in touch.