Department of Organization


Room: KIL/14.A-3.42

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.

Primary research areas
  • Professionals in International Political Economy
  • Expertise in corporate networks
  • Transnational governance
  • Transnational Advocacy Networks
  • Demographic change
  • Taxation
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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
  • Kentikelenis, A. and L. Seabrooke. 2017. 'The Politics of World Polity: Script-Writing in International Organizations', American Sociological Review 82(5): 1062-1092.
  • 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.
  • Broome, A. and L. Seabrooke. 2015. ‘Shaping Policy Curves: Cognitive Authority in Transnational Capacity Building’, Public Administration, 93(4): 956-72.
  • 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. 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.
Publications sorted by:
Adam Leaver; Leonard Seabrooke; Saila Stausholm; Duncan Wigan / Auditing with Accountability Report : Shrinking the Opportunity Spaces for Audit Failure.
Sheffield : University of Sheffield 2020, 48 p.
Dorothee Bohle; Leonard Seabrooke / From Asset to Patrimony : The Re-emergence of the Housing Question.
In: West European Politics, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2.2020, p. 412-434
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Brooke Harrington; Leonard Seabrooke / Transnational Professionals
In: Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 46, 7.2020
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Richard Murphy; Leonard Seabrooke; Saila Stausholm / A Tax Map of Global Professional Service Firms : Where Expert Services are Located and Why.
Utrecht : Coffers 2019, 26 p. (Coffers Project Deliverables, No. D4.6)
Working paper
Leonard Seabrooke; Ole Jacob Sending / Contracting Development : Managerialism and Consultants in Intergovernmental Organizations.
In: Review of International Political Economy, 26.6.2019
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Lasse Folke Henriksen; Leonard Seabrooke; Kevin L. Young / Epistemic Rivalry in the Economics Profession
Abstract from Movements and Morality, 2019
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Leonard Seabrooke; Eleni Tsingou / Europe’s Fast- and Slow-burning Crises
In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 3, 3.2019, p. 468-481
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Lasse Folke Henriksen; Leonard Seabrooke / Issue Control in Transnational Business Governance Interactions
Vancouver : University of British Columbia 2019, 13 p. (TBGI Working Paper, No. 35)
Working paper
Lasse Folke Henriksen; Leonard Seabrooke / Issue Control in Transnational Business Governance Interactions
In: Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Advancing Marginalized Actors and Enhancing Regulatory Quality. . ed. /Stepan Wood; Rebecca Schmidt; Errol Meidinger; Burkard Eberlein; Kenneth W. Abbott. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2019, p. 166–181
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Richard Murphy; Leonard Seabrooke / The Case for Building Climate Reporting into Financial Accounting
In: Samfundsøkonomen, No. 4, 12.2019, p. 95-101
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