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Deborah Mabbett

Visiting Scholar 2014-2015


Deborah Mabbett

Deborah Mabbett is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. She studied Economics and Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and received her D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. Her main research interests are in the area of comparative political economy.

During her stay at CES, Mabbett will examine instances of welfare privatization in the United States and Europe from the perspective of employers. Her research will assess whether the strategic collective influence of employers on public policy has been reduced by the decline of corporatism and the rise of the regulatory state. Her perspective on privatization takes in regulatory measures such as non-discrimination, transparency and the promotion of customer choice. Given that these measures may go against employers’ interests, the project will study how employers’ ideas about their interests are formed and propagated in the policy process.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Public Policy, Birkbeck, University of London