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




Students from Professor Goldthaus Energy Transition Course, together with the IASS Potsdam, developed recommendations on how countries of the Global South should deal with the EU climate policy, more precisely possible carbon taxes.

"Petrostates don’t have a resilient strategy for the post-carbon age", Professor Andreas Goldthau tells Austria’s Kurier on August 15th, 2020.

The Brandt-School welcomes Almut Mohr as the new research associate at the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy.

In this new article, published with Energy Research and Social Sciences, Prof Andreas Goldthau, together with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, considers the implications of Covid-19 for the politics of sustainable energy transitions.

Our PhD student Karina Marzano and Artur Monteiro (Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship) wrote a blog for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) on how market pressures to stop Amazon deforestation…

In a recently published contribution to the anthology "The Geopolitics of the Energy Transition", edited by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra, Andreas Goldthau, Laima Eicke and Silvia Weko discuss the energy transition from the perspective of…

A new article in Review of International Political Economy explains the Saudi on the Rhine

In 2015, the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, told press that “[asylum seekers] cannot choose the states where they are seeking protection.” This statement, focused on what ‘cannot’ be done, catalyzed a critical reconception of the…