The Phantoms of the State Theater: Mapping the members of the core policy commission networks in Denmark

Jonas Følsgaard Grønvad, Christoph Houmann Ellersgaard

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Commissions appointed to examine and propose solutions to policy problems play a central role in policy formulation in the Nordic countries. Commissions have traditionally been analyzed as political arenas that allow organized interests to be represented in policy (Christiansen et al., 2015). However, commissions may also involve different forms of experts to substantiate political decisions (Campbell & Pedersen, 2014; Christensen & Holst, 2018). Several studies points towards the expanding role of expert bodies (Vibert, 2007), powerful professions (Fourcade, 2006) and scientific institutions(Parkhurst, 2017) in the policy cycle. In the language of Pierre Bourdieu (1996) we argue that the members of commissions have all been given a universally recognized and legitimate position that is also highly valued on the field of power in order to maintain the economic and social order. Thus, the forms of capital of interests groups and experts do not only reveal the relative strength of different professions on this particular arena, but also show the positions, resources and dispositions not to be overlooked. A special attention is given to members of commissions that seem to transcend specific topic areas and instead contains a more general form of status or expertise. To identify which forms of capital is highly valued in commissions, we analyse a space of core policy commission participants. We construct this space in a two-step procedure. First, we identify the most central commissions using social network analysis of Danish policy commissions and government committees from 2005-2015. Then we explore the space of core commission members through multiple correspondence analysis. We find a group of individuals who seem to haunt the state theater of commissions, usually playing the roles of either experts, based on neoliberal economic doctrines or leaders of the key interest organizations that negotiate the Danish economy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventNordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 Aug 201810 Aug 2018
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ConferenceNordic Sociological Association Conference 2018
LocationAalborg Universitet
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period08/08/201810/08/2018
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  • policy networks
  • political advisers
  • commission
  • MCA
  • Social network analysis
  • Elite studies
  • policy elites

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Grønvad, J. F., & Ellersgaard, C. H. (2018). The Phantoms of the State Theater: Mapping the members of the core policy commission networks in Denmark. 80. Abstract from Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018, Aalborg, Denmark.
Grønvad, Jonas Følsgaard ; Ellersgaard, Christoph Houmann. / The Phantoms of the State Theater : Mapping the members of the core policy commission networks in Denmark. Abstract from Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018, Aalborg, Denmark.
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Grønvad, JF & Ellersgaard, CH 2018, 'The Phantoms of the State Theater: Mapping the members of the core policy commission networks in Denmark', Aalborg, Denmark, 08/08/2018 - 10/08/2018, pp. 80.

The Phantoms of the State Theater : Mapping the members of the core policy commission networks in Denmark. / Grønvad, Jonas Følsgaard; Ellersgaard, Christoph Houmann.

2018. 80 Abstract from Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018, Aalborg, Denmark.

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