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GLOBE Webinar: Stefan Renckens - Private Governance and Public Authority

Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy

10 December 2020 - 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Stefan Renckens (University of Toronto) joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss his new book, "Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy" (Cambridge 2020). Janina Grabs (Environmental Policy Lab, ETH Zurich) will offer some reflections before a Q&A with the audience.

About the book: At a time of significant concern about the sustainability of the global economy, businesses are eager to display responsible corporate practices. While rulemaking for these practices was once the prerogative of states, businesses and civil society actors are increasingly engaged in creating private rulemaking instruments, such as eco-labeling and certification schemes, to govern corporate behavior. When does a public authority intervene in such private governance and reassert the primacy of public policy? Renckens develops a new theory of public-private regulatory interactions and argues that when and how a public authority intervenes in private governance depends on the economic benefits to domestic producers that such intervention generates and the degree of fragmentation of private governance schemes. Drawing on European Union policymaking on organic agriculture, biofuels, fisheries, and fair trade, he exposes the political-economic conflicts between private and public rule makers and the strategic nature of regulating sustainability in a global economy.

About the author: Stefan Renckens is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is also an affiliated Faculty member of the Environmental Governance Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project. His research interests include global environmental politics, transnational private governance, international and comparative political economy, and European Union politics.

Discussant: Janina Grabs (Environmental Policy Lab, ETH Zurich)
Moderator: Kari Otteburn (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the


Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the Project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios” (GLOBE) addresses the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy such as – trade, development, security and climate change – as well as migration and global finance, in order to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world. GLOBE seeks to provide policy makers, academics and the general public with an analytical grip on the state of play in global governance, by developing new theoretical and methodological approaches. It also hopes to equip national and European policy makers with tools to identify constraints and opportunities in a set of global governance scenarios for 2030 and


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Duration: 1 hours


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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