New book Political Management: The Dance of Government and Politics (Routledge) – research monograph by Jennifer Lees-Marshment, estimated publication July 2020

Political Management: The Dance of Government and Politics lays out the core tools to manage government, campaigns and parties. The first book to combine management concepts with politics and government, it provides core theories for what Political Planning, Political HR, Political Organising, Political Leadership and Political Reviewing involve, illustrated with high level political practitioner interviews, examples and political documents.

The text presents the 4 Ds of Political Management – Deliberating, Designing, Doing and Dancing – to convey that Political Management is more of a dance than a march. Even presidents and prime ministers do not have enough formal authority to control the myriad of practitioners, players, processes and policies involved in 21st century governance. In this book, the author demonstrates why political practitioners in campaign teams, parties, government departments and political offices need political management tools to utilise the resources they have available and overcome multiple obstacles that practical politics presents.

By offering a clear sense of what political management involves and providing the theoretical frameworks to be used in empirical research, this book will stimulate significant future study. It will be invaluable to practitioners, scholars and students in politics, government, policy, leadership, management, public administration, and political management.


  1. Introduction: The Importance and Nature of Political Management
  2. Political planning: designing and implementing organisational strategy in government, parties and campaigns
  3. Political organising: power, structure and culture in government, parties and campaigns
  4. Political HR: appointing and utilising staff and volunteers in government, parties and campaigns
  5. Political Leadership: using diverse power sources to exert influence in government, parties and Campaigns
  6. Political Reviewing: reflection and renewal in government, parties and campaigns
  7. Conclusion: Practicing and Researching Political Management

Related earlier work

Begun in 2016, this project created the conceptual architecture to define what political management is and involves. This  connects business management concepts with political research, adapting theories to suit the political environment, much as I did with my first work on market-oriented political parties. The project scopes the field to enable empirical research which can inform future training.