Darius Ornston

Darius Ornston (on sabbatical 2020-2021)  is an Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he specializes in the 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 underpin successful economic adjustment in Nordic Europe can also lead to policy overshooting and economic crises. His current research interests also include the design of “Schumpeterian” developmental agencies, the politics of radical institutional change, the evolution of the state in advanced, industrialized economies, and the political economy of cities.

Before joining the Munk School of Global Affairs, Dr. Ornston worked as an assistant professor at the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009.