Department of Business and Politics


Room: SBV/22
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Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Professionals in International Political Economy
  • Global financial governance
  • Demographic fertility and national welfare systems
  • Transnational governance
  • Transnational Advocacy Networks
  • Tax justice
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I am interested in the micro-level elements that permit the macro composition of the international political economy and transnational governance. This includes: how professionals compete and coordinate to establish new regulations and new markets; the professional careers of those involved in international economic governance and transnational activism; generational conflicts between groups seeking to secure housing and financial assets within different national systems of residential capitalism; the role of social taboos in family and household formation in different national welfare systems; and the everyday politics behind particular national political and economic institutions. My work frequently draws upon analytical and methodological tools from political economy and economic sociology, including sequence analysis and social network analysis, among others.


Topics in International Political Economy (‘Professions and Organizations in Transnational Governance’) – Convenor.


Interested in supervising in areas of: transnational governance, international financial governance, professional careers and trajectories, comparisons of tax, housing and fertility regimes.

Selected publications
  1. Seabrooke, L. 2014. ‘Epistemic Arbitrage: Transnational Professional Knowledge in Action’, Journal of Professions and Organization 1(1): forthcoming.
  2. Seabrooke, L. and E.R. Nilsson. 2014. ‘Professional Skills in International Financial Surveillance: Assessing Pre- and Post-Crisis Policy Teams’, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, 27, forthcoming.
  3. Seabrooke, L. and E. Tsingou. 2014. ‘Distinctions, Affiliations, and Professional Knowledge in Financial Reform Expert Groups’, Journal of European Public Policy 21(1), forthcoming.
  4. Seabrooke, L. and D. Wigan. 2014. ‘Global Wealth Chains in the International Political Economy’, Review of International Political Economy 21(1): forthcoming.
  5. Broome, A.J., and L. Seabrooke, 2012. ‘Seeing Like an International Organization’, New Political Economy 17(1): 1-16.
  6. Seabrooke, L. 2012. ‘The Everyday Politics of Homespun Capital: Economic Patriotism in Housing Credit Systems’, Journal of European Public Policy 19(3): 358-372.
  7. Seabrooke, L. 2012. ‘‘Pragmatic Numbers: The IMF, Financial Reform, and Policy Learning in Least Likely Environments’, Journal of International Relations and Development 15(4): 486-505.


Publications & dissemination
Leonard Seabrooke; Eleni Tsingou / Bodies of Knowledge in Reproduction : Epistemic Boundaries in the Political Economy of Fertility.
In: New Political Economy, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, p. 69–89
Journal article
Cornel Ban; Leonard Seabrooke; Sarah Freitas / Grey Matter in Shadow Banking : International Organizations and Expert Strategies in Global Financial Governance.
In: Review of International Political Economy, 12.12.2016
Journal article
Daniel Béland; Martin B. Carstensen; Leonard Seabrooke / Introduction: Ideas, Political Power and Public Policy
In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, p. 315-317
Journal article
Leonard Seabrooke; Rune Riisbjerg Thomsen / Making Sense of Austerity : Everyday Narratives in Denmark and the United Kingdom.
In: Politics (Oxford), Vol. 36, No. 3, 2016, p. 250-261
Journal article
Leonard Seabrooke; Duncan Wigan / Powering Ideas through Expertise : Professionals in Global Tax Battles.
In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, p. 357-374
Journal article
Daniel Béland (Editor) ; Martin B. Carstensen (Editor) ; Leonard Seabrooke (Editor) / Special Issue: Ideas, Political Power and Public Policy
Abingdon : Routledge 2016, 156 p. (Journal of European Public Policy, No. 3, Vol. 23)
Lasse Folke Henriksen; Leonard Seabrooke / Transnational Organizing : Issue Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Networks.
In: Organization, Vol. 23, No. 5, 9.2016, p. 722-741
Journal article
Susana Borrás; Leonard Seabrooke; Vivien Schmidt / Conclusions : Sensemaking and Institutional Change in Comparative Capitalisms.
In: Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness: Sensemaking in Institutional Change . . ed. /Susana Borrás; Leonard Seabrooke. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2015, p. 148-161
Book chapter
Leonard Seabrooke / Diplomacy as Economic Consultancy
In: Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics. ed. /Ole Jacob Sending; Vincent Pouliot; Iver B. Neumann. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2015, p. 195-219 (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)
Book chapter
Leonard Seabrooke; Cornel Ban; Oddný Helgadóttir; Emelie Rebecca Nilsson; Kevin Young / Embedding GroupThink : Assessing the Spread of Neoliberal Ideas and Influence.
Paper presented at Warwick 50th Anniversary Conference on New Directions in International Political Economy, 2015
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