Elliot Posner

Associate Professor


Mather House 217
On Sabbatical


Elliot Posner’s research focuses on cooperation, soft law, regulatory power and new market formation in the global political arena. His publications on the politics of finance explore the internal sources of the EU’s external power, the changing terms of Transatlantic regulatory cooperation and the distributive effects of international soft law. Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), co-authored with Abraham Newman, is about the impact of non-binding financial regulatory agreements on the United States, the European Union and financial services industry groups. It investigates core theoretical topics about temporality, institutional context and power. The Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets (Harvard University Press, 2009) is about the EU politics surrounding smaller company finance and venture capital. It addresses classic and new questions about the nature and origins of markets, their relationship to politics and bureaucracy, and institutional change and innovation. His articles and book chapters have appeared in the European Journal of International RelationsJournal of European Public PolicyInternational Organization, the Review of International Political EconomyWorld Politics and edited volumes.

He is the recipient of a 2012 European Union Affairs Fulbright research grant and spent the 2011-12 academic year as a visiting scholar at Sciences-Po’s Centre d’études européenes in Paris and at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank.

Teaching, Background and More

Elliot Posner teaches courses on international relations, the international political economy, finance, the European Union, Sub-Saharan Africa and international non-governmental organizations. Before earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he received degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and Brown University (B.A.). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, where he taught English and math to eighth and ninth graders. He oversees the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program.

Selected Publications and Papers

Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). (Coauthored with Abraham Newman)

“Structuring Transnational Interests: The Second-Order Effects of Soft Law in the Politics of Global Finance,” Review of International Political Economy 23, 5 (2016): 768-798.(Coauthored with Abraham Newman.)

“Transnational Feedback, Soft Law, and Preferences in Global Financial Regulation,” Review of International Political Economy 23, 1 (2016): 123-152. (Coauthored with Abraham Newman.)

“Putting the EU in Its Place: Policy Strategies and the Global Regulatory Context,” Journal of European Public Policy 22, 9 (October 2015): 1316-1354. (Coauthored with Abraham Newman.).

“Durabilities and Changes in Financial Systems,” in The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, eds., Orfeo Fioretes, Tulia Falleti and Adam Sheingate (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 438-452. (Co-authored with Richard Deeg.)

“International Financial Regulatory Cooperation: An Experimentalist Turn?” in Extending Experimentalist Governance: The European Union and Transnational Regulation, ed., Jonathan Zeitlin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 196-223.

International Interdependence and Regulatory Power: Authority, Mobility and Markets,” European Journal of International Relations 17, 4 (December 2011): 589-610. (Co-authored with Abraham Newman.)

Sequence as Explanation: The International Politics of Accounting Standards,” Review of International Political Economy,17, 4 (October 2010): 639-664.

The EU and Financial Regulation: Power without Purpose?” Journal of European Public Policy 17, 3 (April 2010): 400-15. (Coauthored with Nicolas Véron.)

Is a European Approach to Financial Regulation Emerging from the Crisis?” in Global Finance in Crisis: The Politics of International Regulatory Change, edited by Eric Helleiner, Stefano Pagliari and Hubert Zimmermann (New York: Routledge, 2010), 108-120.

The Lamfalussy Process: Polyarchic Origins of Networked Financial Rulemaking in the EU,” in EU Governance: Towards a New Architecture? edited by Charles F. Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 43-60.

Making Rules for Global Finance: Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation at the Turn of the Millennium,”
International Organization 63, 4 (Fall 2009): 665-99.

The Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).

Financial Transformation in the European Union,” in Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty (State of the European Union, Volume Eight), edited by Kathleen McNamara and Sophie Meunier (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 139-156.

Sources of Institutional Change: The Supranational Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets,” (*pdf) World Politics 58, 1 (October 2005): 1-40.


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