Department of International Economics, Government and Business

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/24.A-3.76
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E-mail: ea.egb@cbs.dk

Much of my current work considers policymaking processes, international relations, and the ways in which they shape markets and businesses. In particular, I look at policy towards the rise of China in Europe and the United States.. My recent publications have assessed US policy responses to China’s Belt & Road Initiative and the UK’s 2015 decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). They have also surveyed the impact of the Trump presidency on US – China relations, Russia's political trajectory, transatlantic alliances, and the wider world.

At the same time, I study contemporary “deglobalizing” processes (insofar as they are taking place), the rise of conservative populism and nationalism, and the implications of all these trends for economic and social policy, politics, markets and business. Should, for example, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in 2016 be regarded as one-offs or a harbinger of things to come?

What frameworks do I employ? For the most part, my work takes theoretical frameworks and approaches used in domestic policymaking and explores the ways in which they can be used or adapted in foreign policy analysis. Questions of policy continuity and change loom large.

How am I getting all this across? Academic publications and conference presentations aside I also publish commentaries on contemporary political issues (particularly within the UK and US) and have given interviews to many media outlets including DR2, TV2 News, the BBC World Service, Politiken, Information, Weekendavisen, and Jyllands-Posten. I also give presentations and join debates for organisations such as the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark and at events such as Folkemødet on Bornholm.

I was Program Director of the BSc and MSc International Business & Politics (IBP) for six years. I am now convenor of the EGB research cluster considering Business, Global Shifts and Policy Challenges, sit of the CBS PhD Committee and I serve as EGB’s PhD coordinator.

What projects are underway at the moment? My book, Countering China: US Policy and the Belt & Road Initiative, will be published later in 2023. Alongside articles two book projects are currently under contract: (1) Giving Up on Globalization? and (2) (with Steve Hurst) Donald Trump and the Transformation of US Foreign Policy

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Primary research areas
  • US and European relations with China and other East Asian countries
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)
  • US foreign policy
  • “Deglobalization” and populism
  • Historical institutionalism
  • US and UK politics: institutions, policy-making processes and elections
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I coordinate and teach:


MSc Public Management and Social Development (Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research) Comparative Policy Processes

- BSc International Business in Asia elective - China and the Global Economy
- BSc International Business and Politics elective - US Business, Politics and the World Economy

- BSc International Business elective - Giving Up on Globalization?
I am a past recipient of a DSEB teaching prize.

I have supervised at PhD, MSc and BSc level. The projects have considered the use of industrial policy, party funding regimes, policymaking and electoral processes, international relations, foreign policy analysis as well as many other themes and topics. I very much welcome ideas and proposals from students whether they are developed plans or rough and ready ideas

Selected publications
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Edward Ashbee / The United Kingdom, the Belt and Road Initiative, and Policy Amalgams
In: Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 3.2024, p. 63-83
Journal article > peer review
Edward Ashbee; Alex Waddan / US Republicans and the New Fusionism
In: The Political Quarterly, Vol. 95, No. 1, 2024, p. 148-156
Journal article > peer review
Edward Ashbee / Countering China : US Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative.
Boulder, Co : Lynne Rienner Publishers 2023, 200 p.
Book > peer review
Edward Ashbee; Steven Hurst / The U.S.-China Trade War and Policy Resilience
In: Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2023, p. 188-215
Journal article > peer review
Edward Ashbee / The UK : Policy as a Game of Two Halves.
In: Governments' Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe: Navigating the Perfect Storm. . ed. /Kennet Lynggaard; Mads Dagnis Jensen; Michael Kluth. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2023, p. 345–358
Book chapter > peer review
Edward Ashbee / China, the American Jobs Plan, and the Impact of ‘Strategic Competition’
In: Jadavpur Journal of International Relations, Vol. 26, No. 1, 6.2022, p. 62-80
Journal article > peer review
Edward Ashbee; Steven Hurst / The Trump Administration and China : Policy Continuity or Transformation?.
In: The Trump Administration: The President’s Legacy Within and Beyond America . . ed. /Toby S. James. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 274-291
Book chapter > peer review
Edward Ashbee / Biden, Trump y el panorama político
In: Vanguardia dossier, No. 79, 2021, p. 16-21
Journal article
Edward Ashbee / First Mover Advantage : The United Kingdom and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
In: Asia Europe Journal - Intercultural Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 19, No. 4, 12.2021, p. 411-425
Journal article > peer review
Edward Ashbee / The Blue Dot Network, Economic Power, and China’s Belt & Road Initiative
In: Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2021, p. 133-149
Journal article > peer review
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Outside activities

2018-2021: No outside activities to report
2022:          DIS Copenhagen - Two-hour workshop/lecture on Brexit
2023:          No outside activities to report