In politics, decision-makers are not always easy to identify, nor the provenance of their ideas and their connections to others.
In a globalising world, locating the forums, mechanisms and networks of decision-making is ever more crucial. My research on this topic traces the processes and people involved in the transfer of policies and laws across jurisdictions, particularly those connected to security.
FUNDED PROJECT: The Architecture of Anglosphere Security Collaboration (funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation Special Programme on Security, Society and the State, 2018–2020). This research innovates analysis of transgovernmental networks amongst Anglosphere states and the growing interdependency of global and national public policy-making. Here I focus on how elite policy officials form exclusive collaborative transgovernmental networks to resolve collective transnational challenges and transfer policy ideas. In this respect, my work engages with scholarship on transnational advocacy networks and global public policy networks.
The empirical research on this topic looks at the dynamics of security networks in Anglophone countries, with a focus on Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US. Spanning several major public policy domains – including intelligence (including the well-known Five Eyes network), borders & immigration, homeland security, policing and law – this research has charted the genesis and evolution of Anglosphere transgovernmental networks and comments on their impact on domestic political transparency and legitimacy. With an interdisciplinary Public Policy/ International Relations framework, the project expects to identify new transnational governance pathways that will inform understanding of contemporary security studies.