Professor Henrik BangHonorary Professor



Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

New forms of participation and governance, Neoliberalism, New Institutionalism, Political Parties and Critical Theory Postmodernism



Henrik is Professor in Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), University of Canberra (UC). He has come to UC from the University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science. Henrik writes extensively within the fields of governance and political participation, and has contributed significantly to the international debate with his concepts of Everyday Makers, Expert Citizens, culture governance and policy-politics. He has quite a lot of experience with applying his thinking to public debates due to his many years as director of COS (Centre for Organization and Management) in the Copenhagen Business School, and as co-director of MODINET (Centre of Media and Democracy in the Network Society) at the University of Copenhagen, Amager in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication. Among his first publications within UC context will be a book about Foucault's Political Challenge (forthcoming on Palgrave), and a series of papers about the Occupy Wallstreet Movement (with Mike Jensen).

Prior to his current appointment Henrik was Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen from 2000-2008. Henrik’s other positions include External lecturer, CBS, the Master of Public Administration education (1995-2005); Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Department of Politics, Economics and Public Administration (1992-2000); Associate Professor, the University of Roskilde, Department of Social Science (1990-1992);  External lecturer, the University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science (1989-2000); and Senior research fellow at the University of Copenhagen (1985-1988).

Henrik’s prizes and visiting positions have included: Fulbright Scholarship for studies at the University of Chicago, Department of Political Science, (1980); American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for studies at UC Irvine, Department of Political Science (1983); Visiting Professor/Scholarship sponsored by the Research School of Social Science, Australian National University, (January-May, 2005); Visiting Professor/scholarship sponsored by the University of California Irvine, (September-January, 2006); Visiting Professor/scholarship sponsored by the University of California Irvine, (October-January, 2007); Visiting Professor/scholarship sponsored by the University of California Irvine, November-January, 2008/2009); Visiting Professor/scholarship sponsored by the Research School of Social Science, Australian National University, (April-June and November-December, 2009); Visiting Scholar, Australian National University (April-May, 2011).

Visiting Professor/scholarship awarded by the Research School of Social Science, Australian National University for visit (October 2012- February, 2013).


Selected Publications

  • Bang, H. (Forthcoming), The Politics of Late Modernity. Houndmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Bang, H., Halupka, M. (Forthcoming), “Contentious connective action: A new kind of life-political association for problematizing how expert systems operate”. Information, Communication, & Society, pp. 1-16.

  • Bang, H.P. and Jensen, M. (2018), "Populism and Connectivism: An Analysis of the Sanders and Trump Nomination Campaigns", in William, C. and Newman, B. (eds), 'Social Media, Political Marketing and the 2016 U.S.Election, Routledge London, pp. 137-159.

  • Bang, H. (2018), "The American dream: who else but the young can revive it?", Policy Studies, 39(3), pp. 274-291. 

  • Bang, H., & Marsh, D. (2018), "Populism versus neo-liberalism: is there a way forward?", Policy Studies, 39(3), pp. 251-259.

  • Bang, H., & Marsh, D. (2018), "Populism: a major threat to democracy?", Policy Studies, 39(3), pp. 352-363. 

  • Bang, H. (2018, "La Spida Politica Di Foucault", in Contro-Parola: Foulcault E La Parresia: A Cura Di Viviana Secreto, pp. 115-139, Mimesis/Eterotopie.

  • Bang, H. (2016), ‘Interactive Governance: a Challenge to Institutionalism’. In J. Edelenbos (ed.) Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance, Cheltenham,UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 66-92
  • Bang, H. (2016), ‘Bringing political community back in: Reviving Harold D. Lasswell’s democratic policy analysis’. In Colebatch, H. and R. Hoppe (eds.), Handbook on the Policy Process, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Bang, H. (2015), Foucault’s Political Challenge. Houndmill, Basingstoke UK, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bang, H., Jensen, M.D. and Nedergaard, P. (2015), “We the People’ versus ‘We the Heads of States’”: the debate on the democratic deficit of the European Union”, Policy Studies, 36, 2, pp. 196-216

  • Jensen, M. And and Bang, H. (2015), “Digitally Networked Movements as Problematization and Politicization”, Policy Studies, 36, 6, pp. 573–89.

  • Bang, H. (2015), Foucault’s Political Challenge, Basingstoke UK, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Bang, H. (2014), “Foucault’s Political Challenge: Where There Is Obedience There Cannot Be Parrhesia’, Administrative Theory & Praxis, 36, 2, pp. 175-196
  • Bang, H. (2014), “Family Squabbles: Beyond the Conflict- Consensus Divide”, Democratic Theory, 1, 2, pp. 56-66
  • Bang, H. (2014), “Civic Engagement and Political Participation in a Digital Era”. In Lumholt, K. and Mortensen, J.N., eds, Personalized Society, Frederiksvaerk, Vindelsti, pp. 84-99

  • Bang, H. (2011), "David Easton". Copenhagen: Djof.
  • Bang, H. (2011), "The politics of threats: late-modern politics in the shadow of neoliberalism", Critical Policy Studies, 5, 4, pp. 434-449.
  • Bang, H. and Dyrberg, T.B. (2011), "Michel Foucault". Copenhagen: Djof.
  • Bang, H. and Esmark, A. (2010), "Governmentality and the political (system)", Administrative Theory and Praxis, 32, 1, pp. 262-268.
  • Bang, H. (2010), "Between democracy and good governance: A national-global quest". In Michael Böss (ed.) The Nation-State in Transformation: The Governance, Growth and Cohesion of Small States under Globalisation, Aarhus University Press, pp. 340-362.
  • Bang, H. (2010), "Between everyday makers and expert citizens", In Fenwick, John & Janice McMillan (eds.)  Public Management in the Postmodern Era: Challenges and Prospects. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 163-192.
Research Projects & Grants

Henrik’s research grants have included: 1997-2001 5,4 Million from the Danish Research Council for studies in ‘Democracy from below’ - a research project situated at COS and in the Department of Political Science, the University of Copenhagen; 2003-2005 3,3 Million from The Danish Power Investigation for studies into ‘The New Face of Power’ – a research project situated at COS, the Copenhagen Business School; and 2002-2006 27 Millions from a Special Government Grant for research into Media and Democracy in the Network Society situated at MODINET, the University of Copenhagen, Amager, Department of Movie and Media.

PhD Supervision

Areas of Supervision

  • New forms of participation and governance
  • Neoliberalism
  • New Institutionalism
  • Political Parties
  • Critical Theory
  • Postmodernism

Involvement in PhD Supervisory Panels

  • Wei Si, "To study the impact of the latest trends in digital and social networking technology using machine learning techniques. To apply the insights from the study to enhance the user experience on social networking sites - enabling political discourse and an empowering user experience in a digital economy" (Advisor)
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