George W. Jones, has been Emeritus Professor of government at the London School of Economics since October 2003. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied Modern History, and obtained his doctorate for research while at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was for three years Lecturer in Government at the University of Leeds before coming to the LSE in 1996. He was Professor of Government from 1976 to 2003, lecturing on public administration, local government and British government and politics. He has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books, chapters and articles on British central and local government, the Cabinet and Prime Minister, and Parliament, and he has made a particular study of the evolution of the Office of British Prime Ministers and their network of advisers. His published books include Borough Politics, Herbert Morrison, West European Prime Ministers, The Government of London, and At the Centre of Whitehall. His latest research is on reform in the civil service , advisory networks of British prime ministers since 1868, the future of local government, and how London is and should be governed.
The many public bodies of which he has been a member include the Layfield Committee on Local Government Finance (1974-76); the National Consumer Council (1991-99); and the Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils (1999-2003). In 1999 he was awarded the OBE for services to the National Consumer Council, whose Public Services Committee he chaired
Professor Jones has taught for the Grinnell-in-London program since its inception in 1974.