Research

How does politics happen? When we do politics, what are we doing? And how do we know what to do?

We commonly distinguish between knowing and doing, between politics and policy and between policy and practice. But politics and policy are themselves practices, and those who do politics and make policy are themselves practitioners. So what do they do, exactly? What do politics and policy making consist of?

These questions are explored in a series of research projects, fellowships and seminar series detailed on these pages and in the publications listed separately.

They have developed from earlier research on prevention in health policy, AIDS politics, health sector reform, cross-national learning, mental health policy and the generation and mobilisation of knowledge in policy making.

Europe in translation: governance, integration and the project form

Policy makers and commentators refer readily to ‘the European project’, as though Europe itself were a project.  But what would it mean to take this term seriously, to develop the account of European governance it seems to suggest?  This chapter begins on the ground, in the everyday understanding of the project as an organizational form…

PhD honoris causa

Awarded the degree of PhD honoris causa by the University of Liège, 19 March 2016. It's a tremendous personal honour, but also recognition of a longstanding, exciting collaboration with members of the Centre de Recherches et Interventions Sociologiques...

Knowing Governance

Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order is edited by Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman, and sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and...

Doing Politics in Translation

was the title of the 14th Kåte Hamburger lecture given at the Centre for Global Cooperation in Duisburg in October... How does politics happen? When we do politics, what are we doing? In answering this question, I return to Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition, to her...