Professor Peter Jackson

Peter JacksonProfessor of Economics and Strategy

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Personal details


Having been appointed as Professor of Economics in 1979, I became Head of the Economics Department (1979-1986). I was the Director of the Public Sector Economics Research Centre (PSERC) from 1977-2000 and from 1989-2003, Director of University of Leicester School of Management.

Former roles:

  • Economist with HM Treasury (1969-71) working on public expenditure planning and control
  • Lecturer at University of Stirling (1971-77) specialising in monetary economics and public sector economics
  • I have advised
    • House of Commons Select Committees
    • Department of the Environment
    • EEC
    • OECD
    • National Consumer Council
  • Political Economy Series Editor for Harvester Press
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal Management and Decision
  • Research Director of the Public Finance Foundation

I was Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the former Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) from 1988-92 and a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) from 1986-89.

I am a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA).

I am also an author, having written books on public sector economics and fiscal policy and numerous articles on Management and Business.

I am currently a specialist adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.


Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Enterprise: College of Social Sciences
  • External Relations


  • Public Sector Management
  • Public Finance



Books and Monographs

The Impact of Tax Changes on Income Distribution (1973), London: Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Public Sector Economics (with C V Brown) 1st edition 1978 (Oxford: Martin Robertson) 4th edition (Oxford: Basil Blackwell)- translated into Japanese; Chinese; Korean; Bulgarian; and Czech.

The Consumer and the Public Sector (1978), London: National Consumer Council.

The Planning and Control of Public Expenditure (1978), Open University Press.

Current Issues in Fiscal Policy (1979), with S T Cooke, Oxford, Martin Robertson.

First Steps in Measuring Performance in the Public Sector, (1989) with D R Palmer, London: Price Waterhouse and the Public Finance Foundation.

The Political Economy of Bureaucracy (1982), Oxford: Philip Allan.

The Macro-Economic Environment (1995) with N M Healey and S Ghatak, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited Works

Implementing Government Policy Initiatives: the Thatcher Administration 1979-1983, (1985), London: Royal Institute for Public Administration.

Privatisation and Regulation, (1994) with C M Price, London Longmans.

The Public Services Yearbook (1996) with M Lavender. London: Chapman and Hall.

The Foundations of Public Finance: Vols 1 & 2: (1996) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

The Economics of Organisation and Bureaucracy: Vols 1,2 &3: (2013) Cheltenham Edward Elgar.

Articles and Chapters (since 2000)

“Public sector Performance and Contracts”, International Journal of Business Performance Management, Vol 2(4).

“Public value Added: Can Bureaucracy deliver? Public Administration, Vol.79(2), 2001.

“Public Expenditure”, in The UK Economy, (15th Edition) ed M Sawyer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

“Public Sector Management: Beyond the Hype”, International Journal of Applied Management, Vol 2(1) 2001.

“Public Sector deficits: Structural and Cyclical”, in Encyclopaedia of Macro-economics, H Vane (ed) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2002.

“The Size and the Scope of the Public Sector”, in Public Sector Management Handbook, T Bovaird (ed), London: Routledge, 2003.

“Ethical Decision Making: Some Economic Foundations”, International Journal of Management and Decision Making, Vol 6(3), 2005.

“Let’s Take the “Con” Out of Consultancy”, Public Policy and Management Review, No 34, 2006.

“Making sense of Policy Advice”, Public Money and Management, Vol 27(4) 2007.

“Knowledge Bases: The academy and Practice”, in A. Gray (ed) Evidence Based Policy Making London: Public Management and Policy Association. 2008.

“Productivity Growth and Structural Changes in a Partially Liberalised Market: a distance function approach”, with Meryem Duygun Fethi and Tom G Weyman-Jones, International Journal of Business Performance Management, Vol 10(4), 2008.

“The Size and Scope of the Public Sector”, in T Bovaird and E Loffler (eds) Public Management and Governance, Second edition. London: Routledge. 2009.

“Public sector debt in Developing Countries, in S Ghatak and P Levine (eds) Development Economics: Essays in Memory of Anita Ghatak. London: Routledge. 2009.

“Econo-Physics: Models and Metaphors”, in C Rangachayula and E haven (eds) Proceedings of the First Interdisciplinary CHESS Interactions Conference. World Scientific. 2010.

“Governance by Numbers: What Have We Learned Over The Past Thirty Years?”, Public Money and Management, Vol 31(1), 2011.

“The Evolution, Critique and prospects of the Economics of Organisations”, in P M Jackson (ed) The Economics of Organisation and Bureaucracy, Cheltenham; Edward Elgar. 2013.

“The Economic Crisis and the Crisis in Economics: Pragmatism and the Ontological Turn”, in M Keleman and N Rumens (eds) American Pragmatism and Organisation. Surrey: Gower. 2013

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