Christopher Ansell

766 Barrows Hall
+1 510 642-2263
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510 642-6323
Office Hours:
Mondays 3-5pm; Thursdays 3:30-4:30


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Research Interests: 
Public Policy and Governance
Organization Theory
Public Administration
Political Sociology and Social Network Analysis
Western Europe
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
B.A., University of Virginia
Personal Statement: 

Professor Ansell received his B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia in 1979 and worked at the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment from 1979 through 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1993.

His fields of interest include public policy, public administration, governance, and organization theory, with a geographical focus on Europe. His current research focuses on the collaboration of public and private institutions to manage risks and to govern unruly public problems.  Ansell has a strong substantive interest in public health and environmental policy.

Ansell has been a visiting professor at Uppsala University, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, and the University of Hong Kong and has received an honorary doctorate in public administration from Roskilde University in Denmark. In 2000, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Berkeley's Division of Social Science and from 2010-2016 he was a U.S. Editor of Public Administration: An International Quarterly from 2010-16.

Professor Ansell is the author of Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2011).


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Who says Networks, says Oligarchy? Oligarchies as Rich Club Networks (with Renata Bichir and Shi Zhou), Connections, 35, 2: 20-32, 2016.

Varieties of Experimentalism (with Martin Bartenberger), Ecological Economics, 130: 64-73, 2016.

Pragmatism in Organization Studies: Meeting the Challenges of a Dynamic and Complex World (with Moshe Faroun and Arjen Boin), Organization Science, 26, 6: 1787-1804, 2015.

How does Collaborative Governance Scale? (with Jacob Torfing), Policy & Politics43, 3: 315-329. 2015.​

Regulatory Capitalism and its Discontents: Bilateral Interdependence and the Adaptability of Regulatory Styles (with John Yasuda), Regulation & Governance, 1-19, 2014.

The Promise and Challenge of Global Network Governance: The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (with Egbert Sondorp and Robert Stevens), Global Governance. 18: 317-337, 2012.

Exchange of Ideas: 

At the 2014 Policy & Politics Conference in Bristol, UK, Ansell presented a talk entitled Collaborative Governance: Why, When and How?  To view the talk, click on the following link: