Enabling Economies of Peace: Public Policy for Conflict-Sensitive Business

New York: United Nations Global Compact, 2005; reissued 2009

With Karen Ballentine.

This United Nations publication identifies a range of concrete actions that governments and international organizations can undertake to better assist private-sector efforts to promote effective conflict-sensitive business practices.

A Public Role for the Private Sector: Industry Self-Regulation in a Global Economy

Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2001

Over the past decade, a growing number of corporations have adopted policies of industry self-regulation such as corporate codes of conduct, social and environmental standards, and auditing and monitoring systems.

A Public Role for the Private Sector is the first book to explore this self-regulation phenomenon on an international level across three different policy issues—environment, labor, and information privacy.

Private Authority and International Affairs

Albany: SUNY Press, 1999

Co-edited with Claire Cutler and Tony Porter.

Governments today are too often unwilling to intervene in global commerce, and international organizations are too often unable to govern effectively. In their place, firms increasingly cooperate internationally to establish the rules and standards of behavior for themselves and for others.

Are they stepping into the breach to supply needed collective goods? Or are they organizing themselves in order to prevent governments from interfering in their business?

Dangerous Commerce: State and Market in the International Risks Insurance Regime

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997

As businesses search increasingly for opportunities beyond their national borders, they face the risk that political change in other countries will jeopardize their efforts.

Dangerous Commerce shows that a crucial factor in the expansion of global markets has been the private sector’s creation of a sophisticated insurance industry to redistribute the risks entailed in foreign commerce, a privately constructed safety net for international transactions.

Institutions and Social Order

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997

Co-edited with Karol Soltan and Eric Uslaner.

“Institutionalism” is the buzzword of the 1980s and 1990s in the social sciences. What is new in the contemporary analysis of institutions and what does it offer to the study of social order?

In this book a distinguished group of social scientists drawn from political science, economics, and sociology explore this question and show us how different theoretical approaches to institutional analysis can be joined to build a more thorough understanding of institutions.

Journal Articles

H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable 12-10 on Feeding the Hungry: Advocacy and Blame in the Global Fight against Hunger Review, Michelle Jurkevich Feeding the Hungry May 10, 2021

Producing Global Governance in the Global Factory: Markets, Politics, and Regulation,” Global Policy 9(1), 2018: 114-120.

Transnational Organizations and Security” (with Deborah Avant), Global Crime 13(4), 2012: 254-75, Special Issue on Redistributing Security, edited by Sarah Percy and Ian Loader

Disclosure as Governance: The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Resource Management in the Developing World,” Global Environmental Politics 10(3), 2010: 53-73

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: An Innovation in Governance and Conflict Prevention,” Journal of Business Ethics, Special Issue 89(4), 2010: 409-416

Transnational Corporations in Conflict-prone Zones: Public Policy Responses and a Framework for Action” (with Jessica Banfield and Damian Lilly), Oxford Development Studies 33(1), 2005: 133-147

International Diplomacy and the Privatization of Conflict Prevention,” International Studies Perspectives, Policy Forum 5(2), 2004: 158-63

Against All Odds: Why there is No International Regime for Information Policy” (with Rändi Bessett), International Studies Perspectives 2, 2001: 69-92

Book Chapters

Public-Private Interactions and Practices of Security” (with Deborah Avant), in The Oxford University Handbook of International Security, edited by Alexandra Gheciu and William Wohlforth (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Corporations, Governance Networks, and Conflict in the Developing World,” in The New Power Politics, edited by Deborah Avant and Oliver Westerwinter (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Orchestrating Peace? Civil war, conflict minerals and the United Nations Security Council,” in International Organizations as Orchestrators, edited by Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, and Bernhard Zangl (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Shaming the Shameless? Campaigning against Corporations,” in The Politics of Leverage in International Relations: Name, Shame, and Sanction, Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series, edited by Knud Erik Jorgensen and Audie Klotz (UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

Corporations, conflict minerals, and corporate social responsibility,” in Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World, edited by Kyoteru Tsutsui and Alwyn Lim (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

The dynamics of ‘private’ security practices and their public consequences: transnational organizations in historical perspective” (with Deborah Avant), in The Return of the Public in Global Governance, edited by Jacqueline Best and Alexandra Gheciu (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Governing Corporations in Zones of Conflict: Issues, Actors, and Institutions” in Who Governs the Globe? edited by Deborah Avant, Martha Finnemore, and Susan Sell (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

The Kimberley Process, Club Goods, and Public Enforcement of a Private Regime,” in Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Approach, edited by Aseem Prakash and Matthew Potoski (MIT Press, 2009)

Transnational Actors and Environmental Governance,” in Governing the Environment: New Perspectives, edited by Magali Delmas and Oran Young, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Insurance and Reinsurance in a Changing Climate,” in Changing Climates in North American Politics, edited by Henrik Selin and Stacy Van Deveer (MIT Press, 2009)

MNCs and the International Community: Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and the International Community,” in Changing Patterns of Authority in the Global Political Economy, Vol. II, edited by Volker Rittberger and Martin Nettesheim (Palgave MacMillan 2008)

Civil Society, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Conflict Prevention,” in Critical Mass: The Emergence of Global Civil Society, edited by James W. St. G. Walter and Andrew S. Thompson (Wilfred Laurier University Press, Canada, 2008)

The Private Sector and Governance in Post-Conflict Countries,” in Governance in Post-Conflict Societies: Rebuilding Fragile States, edited by Derick Brinkerhoff (Routledge, 2007)

International Governance and the Private Sector: Historical Continuity and Change,” in Global Corporate Power, edited by Christopher May (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006)

The Transparency Principle and the Regulation of Corporations,” in Global Governance and the Role of Non-State Actors, edited by Gunnar Folke Schuppert (Nomos 2006)

Foreign Investors in Conflict Zones: New Expectations,” in Guns and Butter: The Political Economy of Security in the 21st Century, edited by Peter Dombrowski (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005)

Globalization and Industry Self-Regulation,” in Governance in a Global Economy, edited by Miles Kahler and David Lake (Princeton University Press, 2003)

New Forms of Governance: Certification Regimes as Social Regulations of the Global Market,” in Social and Political Dimensions of Forest Certification, edited by Chris Elliott, Errol Meidinger, and Gerhard Oesten (Remagen-Oberwinter, Germany: Forstbuch Verlag. 2003)

Is there a Business Role in Conflict Management?” in Turbulent Peace, edited by Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 2001)

Industry Regulation and Self-Regulation: The Case of Labor Standards,” in Enhancing Global Governance: Towards a New Diplomacy, edited by John English, Andrew Cooper and Ramesh Thakur (United Nations Institute Press, 2001)

Private Sector International Regimes: An Assessment,” in Nonstate Actors and Authority in Global Affairs, edited by Andreas Bieler, Richard Higgott, and Geoffrey Underhill (London: Routledge, 1999)

Self-Regulation and Business Norms: Political Risk, Political Activism” in Private Authority and International Affairs, edited by A. Claire Cutler, Tony Porter and Virginia Haufler (SUNY Press 1999)

Risk, Deregulation, and the Transformation of International Insurance,” in The New World Order in International Finance, edited by Geoffrey Underhill (New York: MacMillan/St. Martin’s Press, 1996)

Dancing with the Devil: Environmental Regimes and International Business,” in Saving the Seas: Values, Scientists and International Governance, edited by L. Anathea Brooks and Stacy VanDeveer (College Park, MD: Maryland Sea Grant College, 1996)

Crossing the Boundary Between Public and Private: International Regimes and Non-State Actors,” in Regime Theory and International Relations, edited by Volker Rittberger (Oxford: Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press, 1993)

Reports and Other Publications

“Emerging Actors in Humanitarian Assistance: The Private Sector,” Oxfam / Stimson Center Report (Washington, DC: Oxfam, 2008)

Global Governance and the Role of NGOs in International Peace and Security (with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat), AICGS Policy Report #33 (Washington, DC: AICGS, 2008)

Transnational Corporations in Conflict Prone Zones: Public Policy Responses and a Framework for Action (with Jessica Banfield and Damian Lilly), International Alert Report (London: International Alert, 2003)

“Unexpected Expectations: Corporations and Intervention in Domestic Politics” (Norway: Fridtjof Nansen Institute, 2003)

“Business and Conflict: Mapping the Policy Options and a Framework for Action” (London: International Alert, 2002)

Rapporteur’s Report, UN Global Compact Policy Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict, March 2001

Rapporteur’s Report, UN Global Compact Policy Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict, September 2001

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives for Conflict Management, Prevention and Reconstruction, UN Global Compact Policy Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict, December 2001

“Identifying, Counting and Categorizing Actors in the For-Profit Sector and Their Effects on State Capacity” (National Intelligence Council Project, 2000)

Negotiating International Standards for Environmental Management Systems: The ISO 14000 Standards,” Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks, Fall 1999)

Teaching and Testing from International Politics on the World Stage: An Instructor’s Guide and Testbank (with John Rourke), Textbook (Dushkin Publishing, 1993; revised Brown and Benchmark, 1995)

Report on the Tri-national Summer Institute on Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability, organized by Simon Fraser University, co-sponsored by the Canadian SSHRC, the U.S. NSF, and the Mexican CONACYT (Whistler: Simon Fraser University, 1994)