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Burkard Eberlein

Burkard Eberlein

2016 York Workshop │2016 ISEAL Brainstorm│ 2015 LSE Workshop │SSHRC PDG │ 2013 ISA Panel │ 2012 Berlin Workshop │ 2011 Florence Workshop │ 2010 Toronto Workshop



Burkard Eberlein is Professor of public policy in the Schulich School of Business at York University. In June 2012, Burkard completed a year-long appointment as a visiting scholar at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. More recently, he has held a visiting research professor position at the University of Konstanz (Germany). He is a co-principal investigator and steering committee member overseeing the partnership of researchers investigating transnational business governance initiatives, a project that is funded by a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant and involves more than thirty researchers from nine countries, representing 23 institutions.

Burkard’s research addresses comparative public policy and transnational regulatory governance arrangements. In the realm of public policy, his research focuses on institutional determinants of policy-making processes and policy outcomes across jurisdictions in advanced industrial countries, with a special interest in regulatory, and energy and environmental policy-making, and a regional focus on the European Union and Canada. In the realm of transnational governance, Burkard’s research investigates to which extent transnational business governance initiatives that bring together government, firms, and civil society organizations can be both effective and legitimate. He is principal investigator of a project (funded by a SSHRC Standard Grant) that investigates the legitimation strategies of two private standard-setters: the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in financial reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in non-financial reporting.

Among his more recent publications, Burkard is the co-editor of Complex Democracy: Varieties, Crises, and Transformations (2015) as well as a special issue of Regulation & Governance (2014) on ‘Transnational Business Governance Interactions’, and a virtual special issue on ‘Regulation in the EU’ with the Journal of European Public Policy (2013). Burkard holds both a PhD in political science and Master’s degree from the University of Konstanz in Germany, in addition to a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.