William Genieys

William Genieys is a CNRS Research Director of Politics and Sociology at the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics. He was educated at Sorbonne University (Paris 1). After spending twenty years at the University of Montpellier, where he was former director of the CEPEL (CNRS-UMR), he has now moved to Sciences Po. William Genieys was awarded the ‘Prix d’excellence en science politique’ by the Fondation Matéï Dogan in 2013. 

His research deals with 

  • Comparative sociology of elites
  • The programmatic approach of policy change
  • Recomposition of states elites power : The governement of insiders

He published recently Gouverner à l’abri des regards. La réussite de l’Obamacare. This book forms, along with works on peripheral elites in Spain and on policy elites in France (both welfare and warfare) a comparative trilogy whose aim is to illustrate the virtue of combining the sociology of elites and the analysis of public policy. 

He is currently working on a project comparing modes of policy decision-making in government processes (Who governs?) in the health policy sector since the financial crisis in France, Germany, the UK and the USA. The starting point for this work is the hypothesis that competition within the state between « custodians of policy » and « austerians » is the driving force for contemporary policy innovation. With Nils Bandelow (Brunswick University), he leads this research program was funded by the ANR and the DGF (2018-2021).

Among his publications are: Las élites españolas ante el cambio de régimen politico (CIS, 2004) ; L’élite des politiques de l’Etat (Presses de SciencesPo, 2008) ; The New Custodians of the State (2010) ; Sociologie politique des élites (Armand Colin, 2011) and, with Marc Smyrl, Elites, Ideas, and the Evolution of Public Policy (Palgrave, 2008). Active both in the fields of sociology and political science he has published in French journals including  Revue française de science politique ; Revue française de Sociologie ; Sociologie du travail ; Revue internationale de politique comparée ; Gouvernement et action publique as well as international journals such as (Comparative Politics ; Governance ; International Political Science Review ; French Politics ; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law ; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research ; Revista de Estudios Politicos). 

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Research Topics

Comparative sociology of elites, The programmatic approach of policy change, Recomposition of states elites power : The governement of insiders

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