School of Social and Political Science

Frank Castles

Job Title

Emeritus Professor of Social and Public Policy



  • BA (Leeds), LitD (Leeds), FASSA

Biographical statement

Professor Frank Castles held a position in Social Policy between 2001 and 2008.  He is now the Emeritus Professor of Social and Public Policy. 

Prof. Castles previously held chairs at the Open University (Political Science, 1983-86) and the Australian National University (Public Policy, 1990-96 and Political Science, 1996-2001). His research and teaching has generally had a strong cross-national focus, covering topics in comparative politics, comparative public policy and comparative social policy. More specifically, he has written extensively on the policy impact of political parties and the development of the welfare state in Scandinavia , Australia and New Zealand , with more recent work concentrating on the quantitative analysis of policy outcomes relating to public expenditure, labour markets and the changing structure of the modern family.

Selected Publications

Castles, Francis G. (Ed) (2007) The Disappearing State? Retrenchment Realities in an Age of Globalisation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming)

Pierson, Chris and Castles, Francis G. (Eds) (2006) The Welfare State Reader, 2nd edn, Cambridge: Polity.

Obinger, Leibfried and Castles (Eds) (2005) Federalism and the Welfare State: New World and European Experiences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Castles, Francis G. (2004) The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Brennan, Geoffrey and Castles, Francis G. (Eds) (2002) Australia Reshaped: 200 Years of Institutional Transformation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Castles, Francis G (1998) Comparative Public Policy: Patterns of Postwar Transformation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

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