Elliot Posner

Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

Elliot Posner teaches courses on international relations, the international political economy, finance, the European Union, Sub-Saharan Africa and international non-governmental organizations. Before earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he received degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and Brown University (B.A.). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, where he taught English and math to eighth and ninth graders. He oversees the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program.

Research Information

Research Interests

Elliot Posner’s research focuses on the politics of finance. Asking questions about the internal sources of the European Union’s external influence, the changing terms of transatlantic regulatory bargains, Europe’s culpability in the great financial crisis and the long-term effects of transnational voluntary standards, his publications engage scholarly debates about cooperation, institutions, market formation and regulatory power.

Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-authored with Abraham Newman, is about the impact of non-binding financial regulatory agreements on the United States, the European Union and financial services industry groups. It investigates core theoretical topics about temporality, institutional context and power. The Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets (Harvard University Press, 2009) is about the EU politics surrounding smaller company finance and venture capital. It addresses classic and new questions about the nature and origins of markets, their relationship to politics and bureaucracy, and institutional change and innovation. His articles and book chapters have appeared in the European Journal of International RelationsJournal of European Public PolicyInternational Organization, the Review of International Political EconomyWorld Politics and edited volumes.

He was a resident fellow at IMÉRA Institute for Advanced Study, Aix-Marseille Université (2018-19). The recipient of a European Union Affairs Fulbright research grant, he also spent the 2011-12 academic year as a visiting scholar at Sciences-Po’s Centre d’études européenes in Paris and at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank.


Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). (Coauthored with Abraham Newman)

“Structuring Transnational Interests: The Second-Order Effects of Soft Law in the Politics of Global Finance,” Review of International Political Economy 23, 5 (2016): 768-798. (Coauthored with Abraham Newman.)

International Interdependence and Regulatory Power: Authority, Mobility and Markets,” European Journal of International Relations 17, 4 (December 2011): 589-610. (Co-authored with Abraham Newman.)

Sequence as Explanation: The International Politics of Accounting Standards,” Review of International Political Economy,17, 4 (October 2010): 639-664.

The EU and Financial Regulation: Power without Purpose?” Journal of European Public Policy 17, 3 (April 2010): 400-15. (Coauthored with Nicolas Véron.)

Making Rules for Global Finance: Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation at the Turn of the Millennium,” International Organization 63, 4 (Fall 2009): 665-99.

The Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).

Financial Transformation in the European Union,” in Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty (State of the European Union, Volume Eight), edited by Kathleen McNamara and Sophie Meunier (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 139-156.

Sources of Institutional Change: The Supranational Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets,” (*pdf) World Politics 58, 1 (October 2005): 1-40.