Perri 6

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Perri 6
David Ashworth
Academic work
Main interestsSocial science

Professor Perri 6 is a British social scientist. He changed his name from David Ashworth to Perri 6 in 1983. Whilst not an academic at the time, many years later he said he was amused by the notion of "6, P" appearing in academic papers.[1]

6 worked for Demos, a centre-left think tank with close ties to New Labour in the 1990s. Much of 6's recent research is based on the cultural theory of risk, which he refers to as "neo-Durkheimian institutional theory".[2] He has also done government-backed research for the Information Commissioner's Office,[3] and has written on behalf of the think-tank Demos.[4] He has also written for the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,[5] Social Policy and Society[6] and Public Administration.[7]

Currently Chair in Public Management at Queen Mary University of London.[8]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 6, Perri; Margetts, Helen; Hood, Christopher (2010). Paradoxes of modernization: unintended consequences of public policy reform. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199573547.


  1. ^ Wheen, Francis (2004). How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. London: Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-00-714097-5.
  2. ^ "Perri 6's homepage". Nottingham Trent University. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  3. ^ "Microsoft Word - P6 Entitlement cards paper for OIC v7.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-02-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) [click "publications"]
  5. ^ 6, Perri (2004). "Joined-Up Government in the Western World in Comparative Perspective: A Preliminary Literature Review and Exploration". Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 14: 103–138. doi:10.1093/jopart/muh006.
  6. ^ 6, Perri (1994). "Nonprofits for Hire: the Welfare State in the Age of Contracting". Social Policy and Society. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press and Harvard University. 23 (2): 296–297. doi:10.1017/s0047279400021826.
  7. ^ 6, Perri (2004). "New Labour's modernization in the public sector: a neo-Durkheimian approach and the case of mental health services". Public Administration. Blackwell Publishing. 82: 83–108. doi:10.1111/j.0033-3298.2004.00384.x.
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