Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Jan Aart Scholte

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 379-5230
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E-mail: scholte@spam


Professor Jan Aart Scholte joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from November 2012 to March 2013.

Research Project at the Centre

Jan Aart Scholte’s work at the Centre involved “Explorations in Global Democracy”. In 2008–12, he has coordinated a major international project on 'Building Global Democracy', with a core grant from the Ford Foundation, together with co-conveners in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific. The project has addressed subjects such as conceptualizing global democracy, learning for global democracy, greater inclusion in global politics, and structural redistribution for global democracy. Professor Scholte devoted considerable time of his stay at the Centre to finalizing several publications emanating from the Building Global Democracy project. He also completed several writings on civil society and global democracy.

In addition, Professor Scholte prepared a workshop that was held at the Centre in November 2013 on ‘Transcultural Constructions of Global Legitimacy’. Professor Scholte’s focus on transcultural exchange and the inclusion of perspectives on legitimacy and democracy from ten different world regions in the Building Global Democracy project provided crucial insights into how legitimacy is being conceived of and discussed in a growingly transcultural setting.

Research Interests

  • world-historical-sociological perspectives on social change
  • globalisation
  • governing a more global world
  • civil society and global politics
  • building global democracy
  • methodologies of global research

Current Projects

  • Explorations in Global Democracy:  projects on Conceptualising Global Democracy, Learning for Global Democracy, Including the Excluded in Global Politics, Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance, Structural Redistribution for Global Democracy, Transcultural Constructions of Global Legitimacy. See further
  • Global Research Priorities in Global Governance: streams on polycentrism; nontraditional global governance; legitimacy, accountability and leadership; and crisis, conflict and change
  • Civil Society in Global Politics: projects on citizen engagement of the International Monetary Fund and global finance in general
  • Globalisation: preparation of a third edition of Globalization: A Critical Introduction


Since 2013 University of Gothenburg, Sweden
School of Global Studies
Faculty Chair in Peace and Development
2011-2013 Global Research Priorities in Global Governance
Project Leadership
Since 2008 Building Global Democracy Programme
Project Leadership
Since 2001 University of Warwick, UK
Department of Politics and International Studies
2006-2008 Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance Project
2003-2007 ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
2001-2005 Civil Society and Democracy in the Global Economy Project
1991-2001 University of Warwick, UK
Reader in International Studies
1997-1998 Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, NL
Senior Lecturer in International Studies
1985-1996 University of Sussex, UK
(Senior) Lecturer in International Relations


Scholte, Jan Aart (2012): Reinventing Global Democracy’, European Journal of International Relations, published on OnlineFirst

Scholte, Jan Aart (2012): A More Inclusive Global Governance? The IMF and Civil Society in Africa, in: Global Governance, vol. 18, no. 2 , pp. 185-206

Scholte, Jan Aart (2012): Poor People in Rich Countries: The Roles of Global Governance, in: Global Social Policy, vol. 12, no. 1 , pp. 3-23

Scholte, Jan Aart (2011): Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Scholte, Jan Aart (2011): Towards Greater Legitimacy in Global Governance, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 110-20

Scholte, Jan Aart (2010): Governing a More Global World, in: Corporate Governance, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 459-74

Scholte, Jan Aart (2009): Global Civil Society Yearbook 2008-9: Poverty and Activism (co-editor), London: Sage,  Reconstructing Contemporary Democracy’, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 305-50

Scholte, Jan Aart (2007): Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance, Journal of Civil Society, vol. 3, no. 3 , pp. 305-26

Scholte, Jan Aart (2005): Globalization: A Critical Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 second and 2000 first edition (six translations)

Scholte, Jan Aart (2004): Civil Society and Democratically Accountable Global Governance, Government and Opposition, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 211-33

Scholte, Jan Aart (2002): Civil Society and Democracy in Global Governance, Global Governance, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 281-304

Scholte, Jan Aart, Robert O'Brien, Anne-Marie Goetz, Marc Williams (2000): Contesting Global Governance: Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Scholte, Jan Aart (1997): Global Capitalism and the State, International Affairs, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 427–52

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Faculty Chair in Peace and Development, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, since 2013
  • Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, since 2001
  • Reader in International Studies, University of Warwick, 1999–2001
  • Senior Lecturer in International Studies, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 1997–98
  • (Senior) Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex, 1985–96
  • Visiting positions in Germany, India, Russia, Sweden, Uganda, UK, USA

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Advisor to national governments of Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, UK
  • Advisor to global/regional agencies Commonwealth, Council of Europe, EU, ICANN, IMF, UN, UNESCO, UNRISD, World Bank, WTO
  • Advisor to civil society associations across all continents
  • Advisor to foundations and research councils/programmes

Seminars and Conferences

  • Presentations in 49 countries
  • Mass media interviews in 21 countries


  • Member of advisory boards in 13 countries
  • Lead editor, Global Governance, 2005-9; member of 11 other journal editorial boards
  • Research Funding: Ford Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, International Development Research Centre, Oxfam Novib, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Swedish Research Council, UK Economic and Social Research Council, United Nations University, World Vision

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