Leonard Seabrooke is Professor in International Political Economy and Economic Sociology in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. Len's research primarily concerns the role of professionals and experts in treating long-term social and economic problems, the politics of access to credit, tax, and property, as well as how policy scripts are created in international organizations and NGOs. He has also worked on how states generate international financial capacity, 'everyday politics' in the world economy, and the connection between welfare systems, housing, fertility, and international finance. Seabrooke has published articles in prominent journals, including the American Sociological Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy, Organization, Review of International Political Economy and others.

Recent other publications include:


Kentikelenis, A. and L. Seabrooke. 2017. ‘The Politics of World Polity: Script-writing in International Organizations’, American Sociological Review 82(5): 1065-1092.


Seabrooke, L. and K.L. Young. 2017. ‘The Networks and Niches of International Political Economy’, Review of International Political Economy 24(2): 288-331.


Seabrooke, L. and D. Wigan. 2017. ‘The Governance of Global Wealth Chains’, Review of International Political Economy 24(1): 1-29.


Ban, C., L. Seabrooke, and S. Freitas. 2016. ‘Grey Matter in Shadow Banking: International Organizations and Expert Strategies in Global Financial Governance’, Review of International Political Economy 23(6): 1000-1033.


Henriksen, L.F. and L. Seabrooke. 2016. 'Transnational Organizing: Issue Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Networks', Organization 23(5): 722-741.


Seabrooke, L. and R.R. Thomsen. 2016. ‘Making Sense of Austerity: Everyday Narratives in Denmark and the United Kingdom’, Politics 36(3): 250-261.


Seabrooke, L. and D. Wigan. 2016. ‘Powering Ideas through Expertise: Professionals in Global Tax Battles’, Journal of European Public Policy 23(3): 357-374.


Seabrooke, L. and E. Tsingou. 2016. ‘Bodies of Knowledge in Reproduction: Epistemic Boundaries in the Political Economy of Fertility’, New Political Economy 21(1): 69-89.


Broome, A. and L. Seabrooke. 2015. ‘Shaping Policy Curves: Cognitive Authority in Transnational Capacity Building’, Public Administration 93(4): 956-72.


Seabrooke, L. and D. Wigan. 2015. ‘How Activists Use Benchmarks: Reformist and Revolutionary Benchmarks for Global Economic Justice’, Review of International Studies 41(5): 887-904.


Seabrooke, L. and E. Tsingou. 2015. ‘Professional Emergence on Transnational Issues: Linked Ecologies on Demographic Change’, Journal of Professions and Organization 2(1): 1-18.


Seabrooke, L. and E.R. Nilsson. 2015. ‘Professional Skills in International Financial Surveillance: Assessing Change in IMF Policy Teams’, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 28(2): 237-254.


Seabrooke, L. 2014. ‘Identity Switching and Transnational Professionals’, International Political Sociology 8(3): 334-336.


Seabrooke, L. and E. Tsingou. 2014. ‘Distinctions, Affiliations, and Professional Knowledge in Financial Reform Expert Groups’, Journal of European Public Policy 21(3): 389-407.


Seabrooke, L. 2014. ‘Epistemic Arbitrage: Transnational Professional Knowledge in Action’, Journal of Professions and Organization 1(1): 49-64.


Len is exploring the theme of professional and expert networks further in the following funded projects:


ENLIGHTEN project, EC Horizon 2020 (as chief scientist).

COFFERS project, EC Horizon 2020 (as a researcher).

CORPLINK project, European Research Council (as a work package leader).

Embedding Groupthink project, Institute for New Economic Thinking (as principal investigator).


Contact Len Seabrooke at ls.dbp[at]cbs.dk