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Professor David Coen

Head of Department, Professor of Public Policy

David Coen

David Coen is Professor of Public Policy, Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of the School of Public Policy and founding Director of the Global Governance Institute at University College London.

Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne. His PhD on business lobbying in the EU was awarded a distinction at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2008/09 he held the Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in the past he has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Studies Harvard, Boston University, Nuffield College Oxford University, and Max Planck Institute, Bonn. In 2014/15 he will be a Distinguished Fellow at the EUI in Florence. He has held grants from Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, UCL Research Challenges, Nuffield Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation.

Research Interests

His research seeks to understand EU Public Policy and Comparative European Political Economy. More specifically the research maps EU business lobbying strategies, EU regulatory networks and multilevel venue shopping. In 2014/2015 he is conducting a European Parliament Commissioned survey of Lobbying of MEPs.

He has explored lobbying from an actor and institutional perspective and has conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis of the changing EU public policy arena. His research explores lobbying from the supply side, looking at business perspectives to lobbying EU institutions and the structure of government affairs offices, in an attempt to assess how far firms have developed a distinct Brussels lobbying style has emerged over 20 years. In recent years his research has explored how different EU institutions and policies require different informational demands and therefore different interest group relationships, types and clusters.

The second research theme on EU Regulatory reform studies the emergence of European regulatory agencies in the Energy, Telecommunications and Securities sectors. Specifically the study explores how and why the European Commission, national governments and independent regulatory agencies have driven the creation of networks at the experience of European Regulators, their institutional character and their implications for regulatory governance in Europe. A second regulatory project co-directed with Professor Heritier at the European University Institute explores regulatory shopping in the EU base on a survey of business in 25 member states.


Books and Edited Volumes
  • Public Policy Post the Financial Crisis. With A Roberts (2012). Special Issue of Governance 24.1.
  • Handbook on Business and Government. (2010), Oxford University Press.
  • Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Policy, (2009), Oxford University Press.
  • EU Lobbying: Theoretical and Empirical Developments, (2008) Routledge, London.
  • Refining Regulatory Regimes: Utilities in Europe (2005) Coen, D. and Héritier, A., Public Policy Series, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar. ISBN 1 84542 387 9
  • Business and Government: Methods and Practice (2005) eds Coen D. and W. Grant. International Political Science Association book series, Berlin, Leske & Budrich. ISBN 3-8100-4047-9
  • "Business-Regulatory Relations: Learning to play regulatory games in European Utility Markets". (2005) Coen D. and Thatcher T. Special issue Governance, 25:3:329-505
  • Regulating the Utilities: Business and Regulator Perspectives in the UK and Germany. (2002) A. Héritier and D. Boellhoff, London, Anglo-German Foundation, ISBN 1-900834-37-5
  • EU Utilities Regulatory Policy. (2001) Coen, D. and Thatcher, M. (Eds), Nova Science Publishers, NY. Special Issue of Current Politics and Economics of Europe. ISBN 1-59033-064-1
Book projects in Progress
  • European Business Government Relations, Oxford University Press.
Refereed Articles
  • A Tarrent, Coen, D, and R Cadman (2014). “EU Regulatory Frameworks in Network Industries: Defining National Varieties of Capitalism?” European Networks Law & Regulation Quarterly.1.1:43-64.
  • Chameleon Pluralism in the EU: An empirical study of the European Commission interest group density and diversity across policy domains. Journal of European Public Policy (2013), Alexander Katsaitis 20:8.1104-1119.
  • “A New Age of Uncertainty” Governance (2012) with Al. Robert 25.1.1-10
  • "Reshaping European Regulatory Space: An Evolutionary Analysis" (2008) with Mark Thatcher West European Politics.
  • "Network Governance and Multi-level Delegation. European Networks of regulatory Agencies" (2008) with Mark Thatcher, Journal of Public Policy.
  • "Lobbying activity and forum creation in the EU: Empirically exploring the nature of the policy good" with Andrea Broscheid, Journal of European Public Policy, 14:3: 333-346
  • "Empirical and Theoretical Studies on EU Lobbying." (2007) Journal of European Public Policy, 14:3:
  • "Network Governance and Delegation: European Networks of Regulatory Agencies." (2007) with M. Thatcher, Regulation and Governance.
  • "Lobbying Systems in the European Union: A quantitative Study." (2006) With Andreas Broscheid, MPIFG Working papers 06/3.
  • "Business-Regulatory Relations: Learning to play regulatory games in European Utility Markets". (2005) Governance, 25:3:375-399
  • "New Governance of Markets: Regulation by Non-Majoritarian Institutions" (2005) with M. Thatcher Governance, 25:3:329-347
  • "Managing Multilevel and Multi Institutional Regulation: A comparative study of Telecommunication Regulation in German and UK. (2005) Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics 20:1:59-84.
  • "Insider and outsider lobbying of the European Commission: An informational model of forum politics" (2003) with Andreas Broscheid European Union Politics Spring 4:2:165-189.
  • "The evolution of regulatory relationships: Regulatory institutions and firm behaviour in privatised industries" (2003) with P. Willman, D. Currie and M. Siner Industrial and Corporate Change, 12:1:69-89
  • "When size matters. Europeanisation of Large and SMEs Business-Government Relations" (2002) with Charlie Dannreuther, Politique Europeene 7:1:116-138.
  • "Business Interest Representation and European Commission Fora: A Game Theoretic Investigation" (2002) with A. Broscheid, in Max Plank Institute for Study of Society, Working Paper 02/07 p1-20.
  • "The Politics of Regulation: Review of The politics of Telecommunications and Regulatory Politics in the Enlarging Europe" (2002) Journal of European Public Policy, 9:1:141-145.
  • "Business Lobbying Strategy in Brussels: A distinct EU big Business-Government relationship."(2001) Global Focus- Business in the Contemporary World 13.2.147-156
  • "Corporate Political Strategy and Global Public Policy: a Case Study of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue" (2001) with W. Grant in European Business Journal 13:1:37-44.
  • "Business Perspectives on German and British Regulation: Telecoms, Energy and Rail." (2000) with A. Héritier in Business Strategy Review 11:4:29-37. Also Translated into Italian for Problemi di Gestione, 23:6:19-27.
  • "Liberalisation of Utilities and Evolving European Regulation." (2000) with Chris Doyle in Economic Outlook. 24:3:18-26
  • "Introduction: Reform of Utility Regulation in the EU" (2000) with Mark Thatcher in Current Politics and Economics of Europe. 9:4:1-10.
  • "Designing Economic Regulatory Institutions for European Network Industries" (2000) with Chris Doyle, in Current Politics and Economics of Europe. 9:4.83-106
  • "The Impact of US Lobbying Practice on the European Business-Government relationship" (1999) in California Management Review. 41:4:27-44
  • "The Evolution of the Regulatory Affairs Function" (1998) with P Willman in Business Strategy Review 9:4:31-36.
  • "European Business Interest and the Nation State: Large Firm Lobbying in the European Union and Member States " (1998) in Journal of Public Policy, 18:1:75-100.
  • "European Business Lobby" (1997) Business Strategy Review 8:4:17-25. Also translated into Dutch "De Europese Zakenlobby" for with editorial comment for Tijdschrift Voor Strategiesche Bedrijfscommunicatie. 1998: 4:2:40-52.
  • "The Evolution of Large Firm Political Action In The European Union" (1997) in Journal of European Public Policy 4:1:91-108.
Chapters in books
  • "A Political Science Perspective to Business and Government" (2010) in Handbook of Business and Government, Oxford University Press.
  • “European Business Lobbying.” (2010) in Handbook of Business and Government, Oxford University Press.
  • “EU lobbying: 20 Years of Change” (2009) with Jeremy Richardson in Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Policy, Oxford University Press.
  • Institutionalizing and managing intermediation in the EU” (2009)with Jeremy Richardson in Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Policy,  Oxford University Press.
  • “Business Lobbying in the EU” (2009) in Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Policy, Oxford University Press.
  • "Co-ordinating the Single Market" (2008) In Co-ordinating Europe. Eds. Guy Peters and Hussien Kassim, Sage Press.
  • "Managing Business and Government" (2006) in Business and Government: Method and Practice, eds Coen D. and Grant. International Political Science Association 2000 Series, Leske & Budrich.
  • "Redefining the Regulatory Space". In Refining Regulatory Regimes: Utilities in Europe (2005) Coen, D. and Héritier, A. Edward Elgar.
  • "Multilevel Business-Regulator Lobbying Strategies and Implementation: A Anglo-German cases study of Telecoms and Energy." Refining Regulatory Regimes: Utilities in Europe (2005) Coen, D. and Héritier, A. Edward Elgar.
  • "Business and Government Strategies in International Trade Policy: Converging styles or continued difference the case of the TABD?" (2005) with W. Grant, in Trade Politics: Actors, Institutions and Countries eds D. Kelly and W. Grant, Palgrave.
  • "Environmental and Business Lobbying Alliances in Europe: Learning from Washington?" (2004) (eds) D. Levy and P. Newell, Business in International Environmental Governance: A Political Economy Approach, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  • "Differentiated Europeanisation: Large and small firms in the EU policy process." (2003) with Danreuther, C. in Kevin Featherstone and Claudio M. Radaelli "The Politics of Europeanisation" pp116-137, Oxford University Press.
  • "Business Interests and Integration" (2002) in Collective Action in the European Union (eds.) Robert Bulme, Didier Chambre and Vincent Wright. Pp255-272, Science-Po Press, Paris.
  • "Introduction: Reform of Utility Regulation in the EU"(2001) with Mark Thatcher in EU Utilities Regulatory Policy. p1-11. Coen, D. and Thatcher, M. (Eds), pp1-127 Nova Science Publishers, NY.
  • "Designing Economic Regulatory Institutions for European Network Industries" (2001) with Chris Doyle, in EU Utilities Regulatory Policy pp79-101. Coen, D. and Thatcher, M. (Eds), pp1-127 Nova Science Publishers, NY.

PhD and research supervision

He is interested projects on Lobbying and Business-government relations, EU public policy, EU Political Economy and Regulatory Co-ordination.

Current PhDs Students
  • Alexander Katsaitis. Interest Groups and Political Parties in the European Parliament.
  • John Paul Salter. The role of the private sector in shaping its regulatory environment: the case of financial sector policy in the EU
  • Antti-Ville Suni. Thesis. The Political Power of Frames – The Forging of a Single Energy Market’
  • Katharine Kieslich. The Policy Paradigms of Pharmaceutical Benefit Assessments: Empirical Insights from Germany and England
  • Mattia Vannoni. Comparative Political Economy and Interest Groups in EU Tobacco Legislation.
Defended UCL PhDs
  • Yuki Hamada. (Completed 2007). The Japanese Business Lobby in the EU. Currently working as a Policy Analyst, in Directorate for Public Governance at the OECD.
  • Andrew Tarrant. (Completed 2010). Empowering National Regulators and EU Agencies. Currently an Economic Policy Analyst for the Labour Party.
  • Maurice Wong: (completed 2010). How does the UK regulatory regime for derivatives compare to the structure of financial governance in China? Currently a Policy Analyst for the Economist.
  • Ta-Ching Shih. (Completed 2011).EU Competition Policy: The Consequence of Modernisation Reform for autonomy. Currently a Senior Civil Servant in Taiwanese Competition Ministry.
  • Susan Fuch. (Completed 2012).The Impact of Changing Context on Bargaining Strategies and Influence in Negotiations between Member States in International Organizations: The Case of the European Union Stability and Growth Pact Negotiations.

Publications by David Coen

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