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Darius Ornston

Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


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Darius Ornston is an Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, where he specializes in the comparative political economy of Western Europe. Dr. Ornston’s first book, When Small States Make Big Leaps (Cornell University Press), examines how Denmark, Finland and Ireland leveraged private-public, industry-labour and inter-firm cooperation to assume surprisingly competitive positions in emerging, high-technology markets. His research on Nordic Europe and the politics of high-technology competition has also been published by Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Review of Policy Research, West European Politics, the World Bank and the OECD.

Dr. Ornston is currently drafting a second book manuscript, Good Governance Gone Bad, which explains how the same cohesive social networks that facilitate reform and restructuring in Nordic Europe can also lead to policy overshooting and economic crises. His current research interests also include radical institutional change, the evolution of the state in advanced, industrialized economies and the politics of cooperation in cities. Before arriving at the Munk School, he worked at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Political Science in 2009.

Selected Publications

“Concertation and Coordination: Two Logics of Collective Action.” April 2015. Comparative Political Studies (with Tobias Schulze-Cleven)

“When the High Road Becomes the Low Road: The Limits of High Tech Competition in Finland.” Review of Policy Research 31:5 (2014), 454-477

“The Revolutionary Power of Peripheral Agencies: Explaining Radical Policy Innovation in Finland and Israel.” Comparative Political Studies 46:10 (2013),   1219-1245 (with Dan Breznitz)

When Small States Make Big Leaps: Institutional Innovation and High Tech Competition in Western Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (2012)