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 govern unruly public problems and promote social innovation. He also studies the politics and management of risk and has an ongoing interest in public health and environmental policy. 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. 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.
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“Collaborative Platforms as a Governance Strategy" (with Alison Gash), Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 1-17, 2017.
“How Learning Aggregates: A Social Network Analysis of Learning between Swedish Municipalities” (with Martin Lundin and Per Ola Öberg) Local Government Studies. 2017.
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 Farjoun and Arjen Boin), Organization Science, 26, 6: 1787-1804, 2015.
How does Collaborative Governance Scale? (with Jacob Torfing), Policy & Politics, 43, 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.
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