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Christopher Ansell

Current Status
766 Social Sciences Building
Office Hours
Mondays 4-5pm or by appointment
Upcoming/Future Courses
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 collaborative modes of governance with a focus on collective problem-solving, democracy and sustainability. He also studies the politics and management of risk and has an ongoing interest in public health, environmental policy and crisis management. His work is inspired by the philosophy of Pragmatism.

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.  He has been a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration since 2018.



Research Interests
Public Policy and Governance
Public Administration and Organization Theory
Crisis and Risk Management
Democratic Theory
European Politics
Environmental Policy and Sustainability
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
B.A., University of Virginia

Recent articles. Click here for a complete list.

"The construction of the EU as a strategic entrepreneur: the internal-external-internal nexus" (with Sevie Chatzopoulou), Journal of European Integration, 1-18 (2022).

“Getting a Grip on the Performance of Collaborations: Examining Collaborative Performance Regimes and Collaborative Performance Summits” (with Scott Douglas), Public Administration Review, 81 (5), 951-961 (2021).

“Towards a Concept of Political Robustness” (with Eva Sørensen) Political Studies, (2021).

“Coping with Conceptual Pluralism: Reflections on Concept Formation,” Public Performance and Management Review, 44 (5), 1118-1139 (2021).

“The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Game Changer for Public Administration and Leadership? The Need for Robust Governance Responses to Turbulent Problems” (with Eva Sørensen and Jacob Torfing), Public Management Review, 23 (7), 949-960 (2021).

“The Loss of Capacity in Public Organizations: A Public Administration Challenge” (with Louise Comfort, Ann Keller, Todd LaPorte & Paul Schulman). Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 4(1), 24-29. (2021).

“Countering Fragmentation, Taking Back the State, or Partisan Agenda‐setting? Explaining Policy Integration and Administrative Coordination Reforms” (with Philipp Trein), Governance. 34 (4), 1143-1166 (2021).

“Understanding Inclusion in Collaborative Governance: a Mixed Methods Approach” (with Carey Doberstein, Hayley Henderson, Saba Siddiki & Paul ‘t Hart), Policy and Society, ​​​​​​ 1-22. (2020). Best article award in Policy and Society 2020.

“Can the Power of Platforms be Harnessed for Governance?” (with Satoshi Miura), Public Administration, 98 (1), 261-276 (2020).


Click on a class to view the most recent syllabus or course description:

PS 375: Pedagogy (Fall 2022)

PS 181: Public Organization & Administration (Fall 2022)

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