Jacob Torfing


Universitetsvej 1

Building: 25.2

DK-4000 Roskilde


Phone: 4674-2185

Fax: 4674-3080


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1. Education

Doctoral degree (PhD), Department of Government, University of Essex

Master degree (MA) in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Department of Government, University of Essex

Master degree (MA) in Political Science, Institute of Political Science, Aarhus University

2. Academic career

Professor, Department of Social Science, Roskilde University

Associate Professor, Department of Social Science, Roskilde University

Received graduate fellowship from the British Council; postgraduate fellowship from Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; and post-doctoral fellowship from the Danish Social Science Research Council

3. Research interests

Welfare state reform, in particular the transition from welfare to workfare

Neo-institutional theory and the complex interaction between path-shaping political strategies and path-dependent institutional contexts

Changing forms of governance, in particular the role and functioning of governance networks and their democratic problems and potentials

Barriers and drivers of collaborative innovation in the public sector

Poststructuralist theories of discourse, their philosophical roots, their theoretical impact for understanding societal reproduction, power and democracy, and their empirical application

4. Research centres and research projects

Director of Centre for Democratic Network Governance

Co-director of Danish Centre for Discourse Theory

Member of Roskilde Institutionalist Network (RIN)

Member of the Danish National Centre for Labour-market Studies (CARMA) and research project on the Use of Governance Network in the Active Social Policy

Completed research project about the Silent Revolution of the Danish Welfare State which is a part of the Danish Study of Power and Democracy

Completed research project on Democracy from Below which was a part of the Democracy Project

Completed research project on the Restructuring Welfare States in North-Western Europe together with Klaus Nielsen and Bob Jessop

5. Selected recent publications



  Theories of Democratic Network Governance (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (with E. Sørensen)



 Democratic Network Governance in Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (with M. Marcussen)



'Governance Networks and their Democratic Anchorage', New Spaces of European Governance (Vienna: University of Vienna Press), pp. 109-128



Netværksstyring: fra government til governance (Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur) (with E. Sørensen). (Network governance: from government to governance)






Discource Theory in European Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)






Netværksstyring af kommunernes arbejdsrettede indsats (Alborg Universitetsforlag) (with J. Andersen) (Network governance of municipal activation efforts)






‘Diskursive forhandlingsnetværk i aktiveringspolitikken', Politica, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 143- 63. ('Discursive policy networks in Danish activation reforms') 






Det stille sporskifte i velfærdsstaten (Århus: Århus Universitetsforlag). (The silent revolution in the welfare state)






‘Network politics, political capital and democracy', International Journal of Public Administration, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 609-643 (with E. Sørensen).






‘Nordic studies of power and democracy: towards a constructivist analysis of governance from below', in Columbus (ed.), European Economic and Political Issues, no. 6 (New York: Nova Science Publishers), pp. 1-18 (with E. Sørensen).




6. Teaching responsibilities

BA level:

Introductory course in political studies
Advanced course in political studies



MA level:

Interdisciplinary course in institutional theory



PhD level:

Intensive course in discourse theory



ECPR Summer School:

Introduction to discourse theory: meaning and politics

7. Professional responsibilities

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Coordinator for the Danish Empoyment Policy Research Network (BPFnet)

Member of the Executive Committee of the Danish Social Science Research Centre (FSE)

Former member of the Public Research Committee for the Ministry of Employment (BOF)

Former board member of the Danish Institute for Social Policy Research (SFI)

Reviewer for Economy & Society; Environment & Planning; Scandinavian Political Studies; Journal of Political Ideologies; Journal of European Social Policy; Theory, Culture and Society; Politica and Politiske Studier .

Former chair of the Danish Political Science Association (2000-2002)



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