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.



  • Eicke, L. & Goldthau, A. (2021). "Are we at risk of an uneven low-carbon transition? Assessing evidence from a mixed-method elite study."  Environmental Science & Policy 124:370-379. doi:
  • Goldthau, A. (2021). "Widening the EU’s Geoeconomic and Regulatory Approach to Climate Policy." In The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy, edited by Olivia Lazard and Richard Youngs, 33-40. Brussels: Carnegie Europe.
  • Goldthau, A. & Hughes, L. (2020). Protect global supply chains for low-carbon technologies. Nature (Vol. 585): 28-30.
  • 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. doi:
  • 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: 1-23. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1748683.
  • 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, doi:
  • Goldthau, A., Eicke, L. & Weko, S. (2020). The Global Energy Transition and the Global South. In The Geopolitics of the Global Energy Transition, edited by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra, 319-339. Berlin: Springer.
  • Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2020). Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma. Journal of European Integration 42 (1):111-127. doi: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1708341.




In an OpEd for the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Prof. Andreas Goldthau argues that Europe’s ambitious decarbonization policies need to be flanked by a determined foreign energy policy. In the piece, which appeared on November 7 2021 in the SZ…

Based on a new German law that addresses due diligence in global supply chains, debates arose about the responsibility of German companies when they operate abroad. On October 6, Karina Marzano contributed to this discussion by analyzing the new law…

On 6 October 2021, Professor Andreas Goldthau discussed the energy crunch on Al Jazeera’s “Inside Story with Darren Jordon”. In his analysis, he focused on explaining the current gas shortages, the geopolitics of the current crisis, and the…

PhD Student Laima Eicke and Prof. Andreas Goldthau published an article on the importance of relative timing of energy transition processes, and implications of a global divide among transition leaders and laggards.

In a new contribution, Professor Goldthau argues that security threats not only lie in climate change but also in the ways the EU chooses to fight it

Can ambitious climate policies in the European Green Deal succeed when faced with rising societal divisions between Europeans?

Ambitious clean tech investment brings about strategic benefits, whereas fostering fossil infrastructure may put a country into a competitive disadvantage, Professor Goldthau argued during the German-Polish Forum held by the German Council on Foreign…

During his intervention at the 3-day COST Spring School organized by TU Darmstadt, Professor Andreas Goldthau called on the EU to rethink and broaden its foreign policy toolbox.