TUM School of Governance Emerging Scholars’ Workshop – Call for Papers

Power Sharing or Power Shifts?
Examining the role of public-private interactions in global governance

We are inviting proposals for papers on public-private interactions in global governance, to be presented at an Emerging Scholars' Workshop on November 28/29 at the Hochschule für Politik/School of Governance at the Technical University of Munich (TUM-GOV). The workshop is organized by TUM-GOV doctoral candidates and postdocs with support from the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies, to provide opportunities for intensive intellectual engagement and networking for emerging scholars.

Motivation for the Workshop

Recent crises around the world – crises of democracy such as electoral crises, but also climate change and humanitarian crises – have made us question the foundations of globalization and, with it, the multitude of governance mechanisms and actors that have proliferated to drive its development.

Globalization has been sustained by a diversity of actors – public, private and hybrid entities – responsible for playing a wide range of governance roles at the international, regional, and national levels. However, the challenges the global regulatory space faces today meddle with and even collapse the distinction between public and private actors, as well as their respective roles. The public sector has undergone major shifts in its structure and function, while public and private actors alike now use a plethora of both “hard” and “soft” approaches of governing, which extend far beyond classical “rule-making” or regulation. Both types of actors fulfill a wide variety of governance roles, including agenda setting, monitoring, adjudication and expertise mobilization, at times acting independently and at others cooperatively.

Standard-setting by private actors, for example, has emerged to meet market demand and serve coordination functions where public regulation is lacking. In other cases, private standard-setting has been designed to pre-emptively govern sectors or supply chains before regulations are put in place, potentially undermining the role of the state as the main regulatory actor. Examples such as the standards of the international Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or the regional European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) highlight the diversity of functions and goals such organizations may pursue. Meanwhile, supranational and international public regulatory agencies, such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) or the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), have proliferated widely, often operating in close contact with the industries they regulate.

In addition to enhancing levels of human development globally, these processes have also contributed to fueling democratic crises and crises of expertise across the Western world. This shift in state power is potentially threatening our collective ability to tackle pressing environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as systemic social and economic issues. The changing responsibilities of public and private actors in the context of globalization and today’s global challenges are thus at the heart of governance debates.

Goals of the Workshop

This workshop will examine the roles of and interactions between public and private types of governance in the context of current global environmental, economic, and social challenges and will address pertinent questions such as:

  • How do the principles of effectiveness and accountability fare in the context of private, public and hybrid types of governance? In what ways and to what extent do civil society actors influence these principles in the above contexts?
  • To what extent does the rise of private governance and its implications for the exercise of public power strain democratic states, and what implications does this have for democracy?
  • Which strategies can be employed to ensure that industry-led standard-setting processes produce standards that reflect public, not merely private, interests? How are these standards developed, and are they considered legitimate by public actors and civil society?
  • How do public actors engage with and mobilize expertise for various governance functions, and how have different processes for mobilizing expertise influenced governance outcomes?
  • In what ways can public-private collaboration contribute to addressing the global goals that a majority of countries have agreed to achieve in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement?

Call for Proposals

For this workshop at the TUM School of Governance, located in central Munich, we invite proposals or full papers that address the interactions between public and private governance in the context of globalization.

We encourage submissions from doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers, as well as junior faculty.

The workshop welcomes a variety of methodological approaches, including both quantitative and qualitative contributions in the disciplines of political science, sociology, economics, and law, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative analyses.


The workshop will be organized in two half days, starting at midday on Thursday, 28 November 2019 and ending midday on Friday, 29 November, 2019. Each day will include a keynote address, as well as moderated panels of three presenters each.

Proposals shall consist of:

  • Title
  • Abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • Short academic CV of the participating author(s)

Please send submissions to: gzgovworkshop@gov.tum.de

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2019.

Notification by: 14 October 2019.

Final papers to be submitted via email to gzgovworkshop@gov.tum.de by: 14 November 2019.

The TUM School of Governance’s Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies will cover one night’s accommodation for the author of each selected paper.

For any questions, please email: gzgovworkshop@gov.tum.de

Workshop Program

The Workshop program is available here.
Please note that the program may be subject to minor last minute changes.

Workshop Poster

The Workshop poster is available here.
Please note that the program may be subject to minor last minute changes.

Workshop Organizers

Nora von Ingersleben-Seip, Chair of International Relations, Doctoral researcher

Fiona Kinniburgh, Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, Doctoral researcher

Zlatina Georgieva, Chair of International Relations, Postdoctoral researcher

Lily Young, Chair of European and Global Governance, Doctoral researcher