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McKenna, D. (2011) 'UK Local Government and Public Participation: Using Conjectures to Explain the Relationship', Public Administration, 89, 3, 1182-1200.
McKenna, D. (2012) The Prospects for Regional Collaboration Scrutiny:A View from Wales. (Pdf) Paper to "Sustainability, Regionalism and Changing Public Administration" The Annual Conference of the Public Administration Committee (PAC), Plymouth University July 2012
McKenna, D. (2010) An Elite Approach to Institutional Analysis of Local Government: Local Governing Codes and the Local Political Leadership Reform Process in the UK. (Pdf) Paper Presented at the 61st Political Studies Association Annual Conference "Transforming Politics: New Synergies", London, April 2011
McKenna, D. (2010) Using Local Statecraft to Explain the Attitudes and Behaviours of Local Political Elites Toward Public Participation Initiatives. (Pdf) Paper for the Public Administration Committee Conference "Public administration in an era of austerity" Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University. Also presented to: "Interpreting Democratic Governance", De Montfort University, Leicester, September 2010
McKenna, D. (2009) UK Local Government and Public Participation: Using Conjectures to Explain the Relationship. (Pdf) Paper for the Public Administration Committee Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan, September 2009
McKenna, D. (2009) Get to Your Ivory Towers: Local Government and Research Degrees. (Pdf) Paper for the Public Administration Committee Conference University of Glamorgan, September 2009
McKenna, D. (2006) 'The new localopolis: three principles', (Pdf) in Localopolis: Governance and citizenship in the 21st century.Bennett, M (Ed). SOLACE Foundation Imprint
Mckenna, D. (2005) Cogs, community and car boot sales: Understanding motivation in policy networks. (Pdf) M.A. in Public Policy and Management (with distinction), National Centre for Public Policy, University of Wales, Swansea
Mckenna, D. (1995) Talking gets you nowhere: Critical and tenant centred approaches to participation in the management of council housing. (Pdf) Dissertation for MSc. Housing, Centre for Housing Management and Development, University of Wales, Cardiff