Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Between Fragmentation and Cooperation: Centre's Research at the ECPR Conference


Members of the Centre's research groups broached issues of global governance at this years' ECPR General Conference in Hamburg. The European Consortium for Political Research hosts conferences that represent the broad scope of research in political science (and beyond). Global governance has become increasingly specialized and differentiated into different governance fields, characterized by co-evolutive processes of internal fragmentation and cooperation. This emerging governance space is populated by competing authorities, establishing hegemonic combinations that may face significant delegitimating critiques in the face of underlying instabilities. On a panel 'Between Fragmentation and Cooperation: Towards a Comparative

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A Farewell with Congratulations and Gratitude:
Markus Böckenförde joins CEU Legal Department
in Budapest


Markus Böckenförde, Executive Director of the Centre since its inauguration in 2012, has been appointed Professor for Comparative Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law at the Central European University in Budapest (CEU). The Centre’s Director Professor Sigrid Quack paid tribute to the achievements of Markus Böckenförde, who ‘shaped the academic profile and composition of themes at the Centre by numerous initiatives and contributed his expertise and

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Trajectories of the Earth System Require Holistic Perspective on Threats and Cures


There are no stand-alone effects in the earth system but various factors interacting at a global level. In a recent paper for the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) authors from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that could cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. 'Stewardship' of the entire earth system, they conclude, becomes even more urgent. Global governance is required a similar 'holistic' perspective: The World in 2050 initiative, in a report presented to the UN in July, underlines an effort to 'move beyond the sectoral and fragmented approach much sustainability research has followed thus far.'

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Parallel Trajectories: Business Regulatory Platforms Move Away from Unified Global Rules


In a recently published article in the Annual Review of Sociology, Centre Director Sigrid Quack and Marie-Laure Djelic (Co-Dean of the School of Management and Innovation, Sciences Po Paris) review the literature on globalization and business regulation from the angle of transnational governance. Re-framing the basic concept of 'globalization' for this evolving field of research, the authors observe an increasing functional differentiation and the emergence of parallel trajectories of transnational governance: monopoly, coordinated plurality and contentious competition evolving side by side. At the same time, they observe a move away from an idealized convergence around a set of unified global rules towards adaptation to resilient contextual specificities.

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Mission Statement

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.