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About Burkard Eberlein
My current research focuses on regulatory organizations and arrangements that have emerged on the global level to address cross-border challenges such as climate change or social and environmental standards of production in global value chains. I examine the roles and the interaction of different public, private and civil society actors in these arrangements that range from loose networks to well-established multi-stakeholder organizations. How effective is this new type of global governance in regulating business conduct, and which role do business firms and association play in this global public-interest context?
A second strand of research rooted in comparative public policy seeks to explain why jurisdictions converge or diverge in their policy responses when faced with similar problems or crises.
Empirically, my work has mainly focused on the energy and environment field and, more recently, on corporate reporting standard setting, while the regional focus has been on the European Union and Canada.
2014 'Excellence Initiative’ Research Visiting Professorship $6,000 (1 month) University of Konstanz (Germany)
2010, 2009, 2008 York University Merit Award ($2000)
Marques, J.-C., Eberlein, B., "Grounding Transnational Business Governance: a political-strategic perspective", paper for presentation to 'Private Authority and Public Policy in Global Context:
Competition, Collaboration or Coexistence', Copenhagen Business School, 22-23 March 2018
Eberlein, B., “Who fills the Global Governance Gap? Rethinking the Roles of Business and Government", Status: under review at: Organization Studies.
Rinscheid, A., Eberlein, B., Emmenegger, P. and V. Schneider, “Why do Junctures become critical? Political Discourse, Agency, and Collective Belief Shifts in Comparative Perspective”, Status: under review at: Regulation & Governance
Kerr, G. Richardson, A.J. and Eberlein, B. “The Dialectic of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy Development at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)”, Status: presented at the 2017 Annual Conference of Strategic Management Society, Houston, October.
Kerr, G. Richardson, A.J. and Eberlein, B. “The Search for Sustainability amidst a Movement: Strategic Change at the Global Reporting Initiative”, Status: presented to 2016 ASAC Business History Division, Edmonton, June.
Refereed Scholarly Books, Edited; Special Issues of Refereed Journals, Edited:
Wood, S., R. Schmidt, K.W. Abbott, B. Eberlein, and E. Meidinger (eds.), Transnational Business Governance Interactions: enhancing regulatory capacity, ratcheting up standards, and empowering marginalized actors (320 pp), Edward Elgar, forthcoming May 2018.
Schneider, V. and B. Eberlein (eds.), Complex Democracy: Varieties, Crises, and Transformations, Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2015, 291 pages.
Eberlein, B. and K. Abbott, J. Black, E. Meidinger, S. Wood (eds.), Transnational Business Governance Interactions, Regulation & Governance, Volume 8, Issue 1 (Special Issue) 2014.
Eberlein, B. (ed.) Regulation in the EU, Journal of European Public Policy, ‘Virtual Special Issue’ (of previously published articles), 2013
Wood, S. and K. Abbott, J. Black, B. Eberlein, E. Meidinger, “The Interactive Dynamics of Transnational Business Governance: A Challenge for Transnational Legal Theory”, Transnational Legal Theory, 2015, 6 (2): 333-369.
Eberlein, B. and K. Abbott, J. Black, E. Meidinger, S. Wood, “Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Conceptualization and Framework for Analysis”, Regulation & Governance, 2014, 8(1): 1-21. (Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Transnational Business Governance Interactions’)
Richardson, A.J. and B. Eberlein, “Legitimating Transnational Standard-Setting: The Case of the International Accounting Standards Board”, Journal of Business Ethics, 2011, 98: 217-245.
Eberlein, B. and C.M. Radaelli, “Mechanisms of Conflict Management in EU Regulatory Policy”, Public Administration, 2010, 88(3): 782-799.
Refereed Chapters in Books:
Eberlein, B., “Inching Towards a Common Energy Policy: Entrepreneurship, Incrementalism, and Windows of Opportunity”, in: J. Richardson (ed.), Constructing a policy-making state? Policy Dynamics in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 147-169.
Prosser, T., H. Adlard, B. Eberlein, G. Britz, and K. Herzmann, „Neo-Institutionalist and Collaborative-Relational Approaches to Governance in Services of General Interest: The Case of Energy in the UK and Germany’, in: J. Lenoble and O. de Schutter (eds.), Reflexive Governance: Redefining the Public Interest in a Pluralistic World, Oxford: Hart, 2010, 67-95.
Eberlein, B., “Experimentalist Governance in the European Energy Sector”, in: C. F. Sabel and J. Zeitlin (eds.), Experimentalist Governance in the European Union: Towards a New Architecture, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, 61-78.
Eberlein, B., “Institutionalization”, in: International Encyclopedia of Political Science (edited by B. Badie, D. Berg-Schlosser, L. Morlino), London: Sage, 2011.
Eberlein, B. and A.J. Richardson, “Financial Reporting – Case Study Report” (conducted within the framework of ‘Constitutional Foundations of Transnational Private Regulation’, funded by The Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (www.hiil.org), Florence, November 2012 (12,500 words).
Courses TaughtINTL 5331 Regional Analysis (Europe)
MGMT 5260 Managing for Value Creation
PLCY 7900 Business, Society and Global Governance
PUBL 6150 Comparative Public Policy
Project Title Role Award Amount Year Awarded Granting Agency Project TitlePost-Fukushima Energy Policy: Canada and Germany Compared RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$3,500.00 Year Awarded2013 Granting AgencyOntario/Baden-Württemberg - Faculty Research Exchange Project TitleCompeting, Coordinating, Co-Opting...? Interactions in Transnational Business Regulation RoleCo-Investigator Award Amount$200,000.00 Year Awarded2011- Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Partnership Development Grant Project TitleInternational Standard-Setting for Corporate Reporting: The Legitimacy of Private Global Governance and Congruence with Domestic Standard-Setting Processes RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$58,300.00 Year Awarded2010- Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Standard Research Grant Project TitleInteractions in Transnational Business Governance RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$5,000.00 Year Awarded2010 Granting AgencyHennick Centre for Business and Law - Hennick Collaborative Research Grant Project TitlePrivate Transnational Regulation: Constitutional Foundations and Governance Design RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$25,000.00 Year Awarded2009- Granting AgencyHiiL (The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law) Project TitleBusiness and Climate Change in Canada and Germany RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$10,000.00 Year Awarded2009- Granting AgencyDAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Project TitleNew Modes of Governance in the European Union RoleCollaborator Award Amount$5,000.00 Year Awarded2007-2008 Granting AgencyEuropean Commission - FP 6 Integrated Project Project TitleREFGOV (Reflexive Governance), Services of General Interest: Energy Governance in Canada in Comparative Perspective RoleCo-Investigator Award Amount$42,750.00 Year Awarded2005-2009 Granting AgencyEuropean Commission - FP 6 Integrated Project Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$25,000.00 Year Awarded2005 Granting AgencySchulich School of Business - Startup Research Grant Project TitleTransatlantic Energy Conference RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$30,000.00 Year Awarded2005 Granting AgencySiemens Canada - Transatlantic Energy Conference Grant