Tim Büthe


Tim Büthe 
303 Perkins Library
Box 90204
Durham, NC 27708
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and member of KIE’s Rethinking Regulation Faculty Advisory Group. My overarching research interests are the evolution and persistence of institutions, the interaction between domestic and international institutions, and the ways in which institutions enable and constrain actors. Substantively, my work on global private politics focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of delegating governance — and especially regulatory authority — to non-state and increasingly also non-governmental bodies. As Co-Principal Investigator of the International Standards Project, I have directed multi-country, multi-industry business surveys about the global private politics of setting standards for international product and financial markets. This research is presented in New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy (co-authored with Walter Mattli, Princeton University Press, 2011). I have also recently guest-edited a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Business and Politics on “Private Regulation in the Global Economy.” My other work focuses institutional development and the regulation of competition in the European Union, foreign direct investment by multinational corporations, the allocation of foreign aid by humanitarian and development NGOs, and business partisanship.