Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Niels Åkerstrøm

Room: POR/18.A-4.136
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Welfare management
  • Public administration, its boundaries and polycentrism
  • Management of self-management
  • Intimization of management, including management of feelings
  • Play and management of potentiality
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Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen is professor in political management at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, CBS. He is the research director of the politics group at MPP. His field is public administration and welfare management in a very broad sense, which he approaches through Luhmann’s systems theory, Laclau’s discourse theory and Derrida’s deconstruction. He has been working on topics such as the “Hetrophonic welfare organizations”, “polycentricism and the supervisions state”, ‘intimization of management’, “contractualization of citizenship”, “management of feelings and interpenetration”, “partnerships as second order promises”, “games as technologies of potentiality”, “towards a playful form of hyper-responsibility”, “hybrid governance”.


MPP Research: Video Portrait - Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen:

  • HA(kom): Samtidsdiagnostik.
  • PKL: introkursus og analysestrategi
  • PKL
Selected publications
  • Hybrid forms of governance
  • Power at play
  • Partnerships: machines of possibility
  • Discursive analytical strategies
  • Who is Yum-Yum? (in Ephemera)
Publications & dissemination
Justine Grønbæk Pors; Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen / Niklas Luhmann
København : Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet 2017, 162 p.
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Justine Grønbæk Pors / On the History of the Form of Administrative Decisions : How Decisions Begin to Desire Uncertainty.
In: Management & Organizational History, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2017, p. 119-141
Journal article
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen / Potentialiseringsteknologier som immunmekanismer : Politiets implementering af strategisk analyse.
In: Når teknologier holder mere, end de lover: Kritiske perspektiver på ledelse af velfærd. . ed. /Anders La Cour; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Holger Højlund. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2017, p. 89-116
Book chapter
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Justine Grønbæk Pors / Stilhedens kommunikation : Hash-samtalen som potentialitetsteknologi.
In: Sundhed og magt: Perspektiver på biopolitik og ledelsesteknologi. . ed. /Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen. København : Hans Reitzel 2017, p. 237-267
Book chapter
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Hanne Knudsen / Den hyperansvarlige borger : Når individet tilskrives ansvar for at binde samfundet sammen.
In: Borgernær Ledelse. ed. /Kristian Gylling Olesen; Anja Svejgaard Pors. København : Akademisk Forlag 2016, p. 218-248
Book chapter
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Justine Grønbæk Pors / Il welfare delle potenzialità : Il management pubblico in transizione.
Milano : Mimesis edizioni 2016, 422 p.
Anders la Cour; Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen / Metagovernance as Strategic Supervision
In: Public Performance and Management Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2016, p. 905-925
Journal article
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Justine Grønbæk Pors / Public Management in Transition : The Orchestration of Potentiality.
Bristol : Policy Press 2016, 288 p.
Hanne Knudsen; Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen / Heterophony and Hyper-Responsibility
In: Systems Theory and the Sociology of Health and Illness: Observing Healthcare. . ed. /Morten Knudsen; Werner Vogd. Abingdon : Routledge 2015, p. 81-100 (Sociology of Health and Illness)
Book chapter
Anna Henkel; Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen / Introduction : The Necessity of a New Understanding of Responsibility for Modern Society.
In: Soziale Systeme, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2015, p. 221-232
Journal article
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Research Director of the Public Management and Politics Group at MPP