Security, legitimacy and public policy: transgovernmentalism and the architecture of Anglosphere policy networks

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Date & time

Tuesday 21 March 2017


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Tim Legrand


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Recent years have seen the emergence of new transnational venues of public policy praxis. These are liminal ‘extra-institutional’ spaces in which domestic officials seek to achieve domestic policy outcomes by collaborating informally with overseas peers in transgovernmental policy networks.

This paper turns attention to this new terrain of public policy collaboration by focusing on an under-explored, though active and influential, architecture of network collaboration in the Anglosphere.

Over the past decade, ministers, mandarins and their deputies from across the Anglosphere have begun to establish and entrench a new class of transgovernmental networks collaboration.

Though such networks rarely come into public view, policy officials work through these networks to derive new sources of ideas and information used to forge domestic public policy; agree common policy narratives; resolve common transnational challenges; and consolidate new supra-institutional structures.

Drawing from interviews with network participants, the paper considers the dynamics and political implications of this collaboration by considering three specific ‘security’ network cases: the Quintet of Attorneys-General; the Five Country Ministerial and the Five Countries Conference.

About the Author

Dr Tim Legrand is a Lecturer at the National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra. His research is concerned with international policy transfer, evidence-based policy-making, and the transnational dimensions of security policy governance in the Anglosphere.

His research has been published in leading international journals including Public Administration, Review of International Studies, Political Studies, Security Dialogue, British Politics, European Political Science, and Policy Studies.

Dr Legrand currently holds adjunct positions as Associate Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and Research Fellow at Griffith University. For more detail visit his ANU Researcher profile.

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