Jacob Torfing


Universitetsvej 1

Bygning: 25.2

DK-4000 Roskilde


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

3. Research interests

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

Collaborative innovation in the public sector

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

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 CLIPS (Collaborative innovation in the Public Sector

Research project on participatory governance in Danish municipalities (Momsfonden)

Research project on network governance of active employment policy (FSE)

Research project on the involvement of the social partners in the active employment policy (Ministry of Employment)

Completed research project on Democratic Network Governance

Completed 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 was 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

 2009  ‘Making governance networks effective and democratic through metagovernance', Public Administration, vol. 87, no. 2, pp. 234-258 (with Sørensen)
 2008 (Eds) Ledelse efter kommunalreformen (Copenhagen DJØF Forlag) (Public Mangement after the Municipal Amalgamation Reform)



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




(Eds) 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)






(Eds) Discource Theory in European Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (with D. Howarth)






Netværksstyring af kommunernes arbejdsrettede indsats (Aalborg: Aalborg 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 (Aarhus: Aarhus 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).

6. Teaching responsibilities

BA level:

Introductory course in political studies
Advanced course in political studies



MA level:

Public Organisation and Governance



PhD level:

Intensive courses in discourse theory and democratic network governance

7. Professional responsibilities

Member of the Danish Political Science Expert Group on Research Publication Indicators 

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

Coordinator for the Danish Empoyment Policy Research Network (BPFnet)

Former 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)

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

Occasional reviewer for the following scintific journals and publishers: Economy & Society; Environment & Planning; Scandinavian Political Studies; Journal of Political Ideologies; Journal of European Social Policy; Theory, Culture and Society; Politica; Politiske Studier; Public Administration; British Journal of Sociology; European Journal of Public Administration; British Journal of Sociology; European Political Science Review; International Political Science Review; Journal of Social Policy; Local Enviroment; Policy and Politics; Policy Sciences; Finish Journal of Rurak Policy; Manchester University Press; Routledge; Sage.


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