Department of Political Science


Professor David Coen

Professor of Public Policy, Vice Dean International SHS, Director of Global Governance Institute
0207 679 4967
Email: d.coen@ucl.ac.uk



David Coen is Vice Dean International for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Political Science, and founding Director of the Global Governance Institute at University College London. Previously he was Head of Department of Political Science at UCL from 2010 to 2018. Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne and he wrote his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence He has held visiting appointments as a Schuman Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advance Studies at the European University Institute, the Fernand Braudel Professorial Fellowship at the Political Science Department EUI, the Fulbright Distinguished Professor Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and visiting researcher at the Centre for European Studies. He has held grants from Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, Nuffield Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. He has published extensively in public policy and business journals. He has also published the Handbook on Business and Government. (2010), OUP, Lobbying the EU (2008),  OUP, “Handbook on Global Governance II,” Routledge,“Business Lobbying in the EU” (2021) OUP, Governance of Climate Change. Elements series, (2021) Cambridge University Press.


His research explores business and government relations. Specifically, the research addresses EU business lobbying strategies and the consequences for EU institutional development. The project considers the formal effects of EU forum politics, the Commission and EP as policy entrepreneurs, revolving doors, and lobbying regulation.  Developing on the above a second research theme explores business and Brexit. This new study looks at the voice and representation of business in the lead up to the referendum and during the exit negotiations. The study explores the level of uncertainty in the exit policy across a number of issues and industrial sectors. The study explores how business has made representation at various UK ministries, at the EU, and its voice in the media. A third research theme is on EU regulatory reform, this studies the emergence of EU regulatory agencies and European Regulatory Network governance in the Financial Service, Telecommunications and Energy sectors, and also explores business regulatory shopping strategy in a multilevel regulatory regime. Finally, the forth research theme is exploring climate governance and regulation as part of a large H2020 grant on Global Governance. This project explores Climate Politics, Multi-level Governance, and Public-Private Governance, the role of the EU in Climate Politics, EU climate law and emergence of national independent climate agencies.



  • Coen D, A Katsaitis, M Vannoni (2021) Business Lobbying in the EU.  Oxford University Press. 
  • Coen, D, Kreienkamp J, Pegram T. (2021). Climate Change Governance: Policy-making and Networked Governance. Elements series, Cambridge University Press.
  • Coen D and T Pegram (Eds) (2018) Handbook on Global Governance II, Critical Concepts in Political Science, Routledge. 
  • Coen, D, W Grant (eds) (2016). Business and Government Reader. Edward Elgar.
  • Coen D and A Katsaitis (2015). Institutional and Constitutional aspects of Special Interest Representation, European Parliament PE 519.229, pp120.
  • Coen, D, W Grant and Graham Wilson eds. (2010), Handbook on Business and Government, Oxford University Press.
  • Coen, D., J Richardson (2009), Lobbying the European Union, Institutions, Actors, and Policy, Coen, D., J, Richardson (eds.) Oxfords: Oxford University Press. 
  • Coen, D. (2008), EU Lobbying: Theoretical and Empirical Developments in EU lobbying, Coen, D (ed.) European Public Policy series. London: Routledge press. 
  • Coen, D., Héritier, A. (2005), Refining Regulatory Regimes: Utilities in Europe, Coen, D., Héritier, and A. (eds.) Edward Elgar. ISBN: 184542-3879. 252pp.

Recent refereed journal papers:

  • Coen, D, J. Kreienkamp J. A Tokhi, T Pegram (2022) “Making Global Public Policy Work: A Survey of International Organization Effectiveness”. Global Policy.
  • Coen, D and A Tarrant (2022) “Independent Regulators in Europe” in Handbook of Regulation, Edward Elgar.
  • Kreienkamp J. T. Pegram, D Coen (2022) “Explaining transformative change in the EU climate policy: Multilevel Problems, policies, and politics.” Journal of European Integration. doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2022.2072838
  • Coen, D. A. Katsaitis (2022) Hedging Bets; British Business Lobbying in the European Union Post-Brexit. Political Quarterly. doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.13132.
  • Coen, D. K, Herman. T, Pegram. (2022) “Are Corporate climate efforts genuine? An empirical analysis of climate “talk-walk” hypothesis.” Business Strategy and the Environment. DOI:10.1002/bse.3063
  • Coen, D. A, Katsaitis. (2021) "Governance, Accountability and Political Legitimacy. Who Participates in European Parliament Hearings.” Journal European Integration.
  • Coen, D, M Vannoni (2020) “Where are the revolving doors in Brussels? Sector switching and career progression in companies’ EU Business-Government Affairs. American Review of Public Administration.50:1:3-17
  • Coen, D, and M. Vannoni (2020) “Strategic Management in Government Affair” Business and Society. 59:4:612-641.
  • Coen, D. M, Guidi, A, Héritier, N, Yordanova, (2020) “The Logic of Business Regulatory Venue Shopping.”  Public Policy and Administration. 
  • Coen, D. A, Katsaitis. (2020) “Deliberative Layering or Biased Access? Framing MEPs Interactions with Interest Groups across the Policy Cycle” Journal of Public Affairs. 
  • Coen, D, J P Salter (2020) “Multi-Level Regulatory Governance: Establishing bank-regulator relationships at the European Banking Authority” Business and Politics.22:1:113-134
  • Coen D, A, Katsaitis (2019). “The Inner Circle: Interest Group Mobilization & Policy Deliberation in the European Parliament” Journal of Public Administration. 97:754-769
  • Coen D, A, Katsaitis, (2019) “Legislative Efficiency and Political Inclusiveness: The Effect of Procedures on Interest Group Mobilization in the European Parliament.” Journal of Legislative Studies. 25:2:278-298
  • Coen, D and T. Pegram (2018) “Towards a Third Generation of Global Governance Scholarship” Global Policy. 9:1:107-113.
  • Coen, D and M. Vannoni (2016) Sliding doors in Brussels: A Career Path Analysis of EU Affairs Managers. European Journal Political Research. 55:4:811-826.
  • Coen, D and T Pegram (2015) “Wanted a Third Generation of Global Governance Research” Governance 28:4:417-420 
  • Coen, D and A Katsaitis (2013) 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, 20:8.1104-1119.
  • Coen, D and A Robert (2012) “A new Age of Uncertainty” Governance 25:1:1-10.
  • I teach courses on the Theories and Actors of Public Policy and Business and Government.
  • I am interested to supervise PhDs that explore business and government, Lobbying, Revolving Doors, Politics of Regulation and Regulatory Design, business climate politics and CSR.