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Area(s) of Expertise
- Accounting - Globalization
- Business - Environment
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Economic Regulation
- Energy Market
- International Governance
- Public Policy
About Burkard Eberlein
My current research focuses on transnational governance arrangements to address cross-border policy challenges, in particular the setting of social and environmental standards for production in global value chains. I examine the roles and the interaction of 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 transnational governance at improving business conduct? Which role do business firms and associations play in making business practices in global value chains more ‘responsible’? And what is the relationship between private governance by business and state regulation, especially in the Global South?
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.
My earlier research contributed to the study of public policy in the European Union, with a special focus on transnational regulatory networks as governing device that balances national and supranational interests.
Empirically, my work has mainly focused on the energy and environment field 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 on Government Responses in the Global South”, Regulation & Governance, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12356
Eckert, S., Eberlein, B., “Private Authority in Tackling Cross-border Issues: The hidden path of integrating European energy markets”, Journal of European Integration, 2020, 42/1, 59-75.
Eberlein, B., “Who fills the Global Governance Gap? Rethinking the Roles of Business and Government in Global Governance”, Organization Studies, 2019, 40 (8), pp. 1125-1145. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0170840619847720
Rinscheid, A., Eberlein, B., Emmenegger, P. and V. Schneider, “Why do Junctures become critical? Political Discourse, Agency, and Collective Belief Shifts in Comparative Perspective”, Regulation & Governance, 2019, 14 (4), October, pp. 653-673. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12238.
Wood, S., R. Schmidt, E. Meidinger, B. Eberlein, and K.W. Abbott (eds.), Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Advancing marginalized actors and enhancing regulatory quality (18 chapters plus Introduction and Conclusion by editors), Edward Elgar, 2019, 416 pages.
Recent Conference Presentations:
Marques, J.C., Eberlein, B., “Grounding Transnational Business Governance: A Political-Strategic Perspective”, presented to Private Authority and Public Policy in Global Context: Competition, Collaboration or Coexistence, Workshop at Copenhagen Business School, 22-23 March 2018.
Eckert, S., Eberlein, B., “Private Authority in Tackling Cross-border Issues: The hidden path of integrating energy markets”, presented to UCEAS, Bath, September 2-5, 2018.
Kerr, G. Richardson, A.J. and Eberlein, B. “The Dialectic of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy Development at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)”, Status: presented to 2017 Annual Conference of Strategic Management Society, October, Houston.
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.
EMBA 6780 Global Strategy Project
INTL 1400 Responsible Business in an International Context
MGMT 4300 CSR in a Global Context
PUBL 4000 Government & Business
PUBL 6050 Managing for Public Purpose
PLCY 7900 Business, Society and Global Governance
MGMT 5260 Managing for Value Creation
PUBL 6150 Comparative Public Policy
INTL 5331 Regional Analysis (Europe)
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