Department of Organization

Martin Bæk
Associate professor

Leave: August 2020 - July 2021
Room: KIL/14.A-3.45
E-mail: mbc.ioa@cbs.dk
martin bæk

My primary theoretical interests lie within institutional theory and discursive instititutionalism. More speecifically I am interested in how ideas develop over time and after crises, and I am working on a theoretical approach able to capture both paradigmatic and more incremental forms of ideational change. Empirically I do work on the financial crisis 2007-, analysing how decision makers in smaller open economies in the Western world (not least Denmark) handled the uncertainty brought on by the crisis. In July 2012 I begin my project on 'Small States in the Perfect Storm' (funded by Carlsbergfondet).

Primary research areas
  • The role of ideas in politics
  • Post crisis financial regulation
  • The Danish financial crisis
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Selected publications
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2015) “Conceptualising ideational novelty: A relational approach”, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17 (2): 284-297
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2013) ”Projecting from a fiction: The case of financial crisis in Denmark”, New Political Economy, 18 (4): 555-578
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2013) “Global in life, still national in death? Special bank resolution regimes after the crisis”, pp. 77-94 in Manuela Moschella and Eleni Tsingou (eds.) Great  Expectations, Small Transformations: Incremental change in financial governance, ECPR Press
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2012) "The relevance of an incremental approach to ideational change: A rejoinder to Liam Stanley", Political Studies, 60 (3): 720-728.
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2011) “Paradigm man vs. the bricoleur: an alternative vision of agency in ideational change”, European Political Science Review, 3 (1): 147-167
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2011) "Ideas are not as stable as political scientists want them to be: A theory of incremental ideational change", Political Studies, 59 (3), 596-615.
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2011) "New financial regulation in Denmark after the crisis, or: the politics of not really doing anything", Danish Yearbook of Foreign Policy, 106-129.
  • Martin B. Carstensen (2010) "The nature of ideas and why political scientists should care: Analysing the Danish jobcentre reform from an ideational perspective", Political Studies, 58 (5): 847-865
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Martin B. Carstensen; Vivien A. Schmidt / Between Power and Powerlessness in the Euro Zone Crisis and Thereafter
In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 28, No. 6, 6.2021, p. 922-929
Comment/debate > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Martin B. Carstensen / Paradigms and the Political Economy of Ecopolitical Projects : Green Growth and Degrowth Compared.
In: Competition and Change, 19.1.2021
Journal article > peer review
Patrick Emmenegger; Martin B. Carstensen / Orchestrator of Coordination : The Role of the State in Collective Skill Formation Regimes.
Abstract from SASE 32nd Annual Conference 2020 - Virtual Conference, 2020
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Christian Lyhne Ibsen / Three Dimensions of Institutional Contention : Efficiency, Equality and Governance in Danish Vocational Education and Training Reform.
In: Socio-Economic Review, 30.3.2020
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Nils Röper / Invasion From Within : Ideas, Power, and the Transmission of Institutional Logics Between Policy Domains.
In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 52, No. 9, 2019, p. 1328–1363
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Magnus Paulsen Hansen / Legitimation as Justification : Foregrounding Public Philosophies in Explanations of Gradual Ideational Change.
In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2019, p. 582-602
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Vivien A. Schmidt / Ideational Power and Pathways to Legitimation in the Euro Crisis
In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 25, No. 6, 12.2018, p. 753-778
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Matthias Matthijs / Of Paradigms and Power : British Economic Policy Making since Thatcher.
In: Governance: An international journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 31, No. 3, 7.2018, p. 431-447
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen; Vivien Schmidt / Power and Changing Modes of Governance in the Euro Crisis
In: Governance: An international journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 31, No. 4, 10.2018, p. 609-624
Journal article > peer review
Martin B. Carstensen / Institutional Bricolage in Times of Crisis
In: European Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2.2017, p. 139-160
Journal article > peer review
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