Global Public Policy

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Research Profile

Global public policy addresses the challenge of governing transnational phenomena in the absence of a global Leviathan. As such, it comprises policy areas as different as trade, migration, financial regulation, economic development, energy and the environment. Against the backdrop off increasingly contested policy authority in a globalized world, the research area studies the delivery of global public goods and the problem of safeguarding the global commons; the role of global networks and global public-private partnerships in producing transnational policy outcomes; the dynamics pertaining to policy transfer, diffusion and global best practice; and the policy actors involved at all governance levels.



  • Goldthau, A. & Hughes, L. (2020). Protect global supply chains for low-carbon technologies. Nature (Vol. 585)
  • Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2020). Horses for courses. The roles of IPE and Global Public Policy in global energy research. Policy and Society
  • Kuzemko, C., Bradshaw, M., Bridge, G., Goldthau, A., Jewell, J., Overland, I., Scholten, D., Van de Graaf, T. & Westphal, K. (2020). Covid-19 and the Politics of Sustainable Energy Transitions. Energy Research & Social Science. 68. 101685. 
  • Sgambatti Monteiro, A., Marzano, K. & Rittl, C. (2020). Der braslianische Amazonas-Deal: Zwischen Schutz und Entwicklung [The Brazilian Amazon Deal: Between Protection and Development]. KoBra Brasilicum, available in German only
  • Goldthau, A. & Hughes, L. (2020). Saudi on the Rhine? Explaining the emergence of private governance in the global oil market. Review of International Political Economy
  • Sovacoo, B. K., Bergman, N., Hopkins, D., Jenkins, K. E., Hielscher, S., Goldthau, A. & Brossmann, B. (2020). Imagining sustainable energy and mobility transitions: Valence, temporality, and radicalism in 38 visions of a low-carbon future. Social Studies of Science, open access
  • Goldthau, A., Richert, J. & Stetter, S. (2020). Leviathan Awakens: Gas Finds, Energy Governance, and the Emergence of the Eastern Mediterranean as a Geopolitical Region. Review of Policy Research, open access
  • Goldthau, A., Eicke, L. & Weko, S. (2020). The Global Energy Transition and the Global South. In The Geopolitics of the Global Energy Transition, open access
  • Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2020). Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma. Journal of European Integration




Our PhD student Karina Marzano wrote a blog text for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) in Potsdam on the challenges of regulating global supply chains. She analyzes the German Due Diligence Law based on lessons learned…

Climate change gives rise to cascading risks of habitat destruction, infectious disease outbreaks or biodiversity loss.

New article published by Andreas Goldthau and Nick Sitter in the latest volume of Policy & Society.

New article in the magazine "KoBra Brasilicum" published by our PhD student Karina Marzano.


In his OpEd for the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Forum, Professor Andreas Goldthau argues that green industrial policy needs to go hand in hand with open markets. Short of that, learning curves will flatten.


The brief elaborates on the challenges faced by the coal-dependent Indian state of Jharkhand in clean energy transition.

After publishing his article "Protect global supply chains for low-carbon technologies" in Nature, Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau offered his take on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the clear-energy transition to the University of Erfurt's…

COVID-19’s effects have caused global supply chains to buckle and break. Of the many sectors affected, one is particularly worrying — low-carbon energy.