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Marc Smyrl

  • Marc Smyrl

    Marc Smyrl

Sturm Hall, Room 473

Areas of expertise/research interests

the role of programmatic actors in policy change—with particular reference to health policy in France, the United Kingdom and the United States; comparative politics; Western Europe

Professional biography

Marc Smyrl worked as a senior research assistant in economics at the U.S. Library of Congress Congressional Research Service from 1987-1989.

From 1997–1998, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. He regularly teaches at the Université Montpellier I in France and has taught at the University of Denver since 1998.


PhD, political science, Harvard University, 1997
MA, law and diplomacy, concentrations in international trade and finance, and European diplomatic history, Tufts University, 1985
BA, political science, University of Denver, 1982


Conflict or Codetermination? Congress, the President, and the Power to Make War, Ballinger Publishing Company, 1988.

Between Europeanization and Local Societies: The Space for Territorial Governance, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003. Edited with Jeanie Bukowski and Simona Piattoni.

Elites, Ideas and the Evolution of Public Policy , Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008. (With William Genieys)

"Programmatic Actors and the Transformation of European Health Care States." Journal of health Politics, Policy and Law, 2010, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 509-530. – (With Patrick Hassenteufel, Javier Moreno, and William Genieys).

"Inside the Autonomous State: Programmatic Elites in the Reform of French Health Policy." Governance, 2008, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 75-93. (With William Genieys).

"European Anti-Terrorism Policy: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective." Politique Européenne, 2007, No. 23, pp. 115-132.