Professor Dennis Grube

Professor of Politics & Public Policy and research lead in political decision-making at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge


Professor Dennis C. Grube is Professor of Politics & Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and research lead in political decision-making at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

Dennis’ research interests include political decision-making, administrative leadership, institutional memory, and the role of political rhetoric in public policy. Recent books include Why Governments Get it Wrong, published by Pan Macmillan in 2022, Megaphone Bureaucracy, published by Princeton University Press in 2019, and a 2021 book comparing the traditions of cabinet government across five countries (written with co-authors Professor Patrick Weller and Professor Rod Rhodes and published by Oxford University Press).

Dennis teaches on the MPhil in Public Policy and leads a course on rhetorical leadership for the MPhil in Politics and International Studies

Dennis holds a PhD and Arts/Law degree from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. He is the author of two monographs on aspects of British history and governance, and his research has been published in a variety of leading journals including The Historical Journal, Governance, and Public Administration.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2023

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; public health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 7 July 2022, 5:30pm

    The Inaugural Reynolds Lecture - 7 July 2022

    This inaugural Reynolds Lecture will be delivered by Dr Robert Macfarlane and will explore the landscapes, lawscapes, complexities, histories and futures of this new-old idea that the natural world is far more alive than we allow.

  • In news articles

    Is institutional memory in decline?

    The Centre for Science and Policy organised a seminar hosted by Professor Dennis Grube, Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Politics and Public Policy at POLIS. His talk concerned the characterisation, and supposed decline, of ‘institutional memory’.