Expertise and Influence in Public Policy

How do experts influence policy? In this seminar, Seabrooke provides an analysis of how finding direction in new policy areas requires a combination of mandate, expertise, and stakeholder engagement.

This is illustrated with a case study of the formation of the EU’s sustainable finance agenda. In examining network ties and mixed careers there are lessons for Australian public policy.

Professor Len Seabrooke

Professor Len Seabrooke


Len Seabrooke
Copenhagen Business School & Visiting Fellow Stretton Institute

I am interested in the micro-level elements that permit the macro composition of the international political economy and transnational governance. This includes: how professionals compete and coordinate to establish new regulations and new markets; the professional careers of those involved in international economic governance and transnational activism; generational conflicts between groups seeking to secure housing and financial assets within different national systems of residential capitalism; the role of social taboos in family and household formation in different national welfare systems; and the everyday politics behind particular national political and economic institutions.

My work frequently draws upon analytical and methodological tools from political economy and economic sociology, including sequence analysis and social network analysis, among others.


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