Head of Department
Hong Kong Baptist University

Alistair Cole is Head of the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He obtained a 1st in Government and History from the LSE (1980, awarded the Bassett Prize for Political Science) and a D. Phil from Balliol College, Oxford (1986, funded by a BA grant). He held positions in Oxford, Caen, Aston, Keele and Bradford before being named as Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University, Wales- UK in 1999. From 2015-2019, Alistair Cole was Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon, France. He has published extensively, mainly in the field of French, British, and European politics. He has published 20 books (6 single author monographs, 6 co-written monographs, 8 edited or co-edited books), 65 refereed journal articles, 25 professional articles and 62 chapters in edited books. His publications are widely cited (with an H Index of 29 according to Google Scholar). His latest book - Emmanuel Macron and the Two years that Changed France - was published by Manchester University Press in May 2019.

Building Trust? Institutions and interactions of multi-level governance in the UK Germany and France
Overview This project utilised a mixed-methods design incorporating interviews, focus groups, a scoping analysis of secondary quantitative data and a cross-national survey to explore the role of trust and transparency within the context of multi-level governance. The core
Research Team:
Alistair Cole (Hong Kong Baptist University), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Dominic Heinz (Cardiff), Stuart Fox (Brunel University London)
Working Paper
Trust-transparency paradoxes: proceedings of an international conference
This short publication presents the main proceedings of an international conference held at Sciences Po Lyon, France, on 4 May 2018. The symposium pulled together several research initiatives around the central theme of trust–transparency paradoxes. Trust (and its corollary...
Reports and Briefings
Trust and Transparency in multi-level governance: new findings from the French regions
The issues of Trust and transparency lay at the heart of contemporary debates regarding governance and democracy. Measures of trust and transparency (in the national leadership, in the conduct of professional politicians, in diffuse affect for the political regime) have been...
Journal Articles
Réforme régionale et gouvernance multi-niveaux: la défiance des français
Montée des populismes, abstention récurrente, rejet des structures partisanes, profonde défiance vis-à-vis des élites politiques en général… La crise démocratique qui touche la France (comme d’autres pays comparables) n’est pas chose nouvelle1. Les derniers résultats d’une...
Journal Articles
Europeanising devolution: Wales and the European Union
British Politics 6(3) pp 379-396 On the basis of extensive new empirical evidence, this article offers an assessment of how post-devolution Wales has determined the strategies employed in attempts to engage with, and influence, EU policy-making processes. The primary focus...
Localities | September 2011
Conference Trust-Transparency Paradoxes
4th May 2018 |
This free one day conference explores the overarching theme of trust-transparency paradoxes. The conference panels are organised on:- 1. The relationship between trust and transparency in a context of multi-level governance: 2. The links between...
Measuring trust and transparency: Exploring a mixed methods approach
5th May 2016 |
The perceived decline in trust in democracy and government has become a cliché of our times. Furthermore, transparency has frequently been identified as a potential remedy to this phenomena. However, both the concepts of ‘trust’ and ‘transparency’...