Dr. Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve--or not--to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013).
I am interested in problems that span national boundaries and the political institutions that seek to solve them. Globalization and interdependence challenge the ability of states and international organizations to provide the public goods on which global peace, prosperity, and welfare depend. Governments are unable to meet the basic needs of citizens without cooperating across boundaries, but cooperation has also become more difficult as problems penetrate deeper into societies. At the same time, a host of new actors ranging from private groups to sub-components of states has come to play a greater role in global governance. My research aims to track and explain these changes, and to imagine how we might effectively and democratically tackle the fundamental political transformations globalization has unleashed.
Masters in Public Policy
I teach international cooperation within the MPP course, including a special option course on climate change solutions.
Supervising doctoral students
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- “International Sources of Political Order in the People’s Republic of China: A Lacuna in the Fukuyama Framework.” Journal of Chinese Governance, forthcoming.
- “All Hands on Deck”: The Paris Agreement and Nonstate Climate Action. Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 16, No. 3.
- with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, "Are Europeans ready for a more democratic European Union? New evidence on preference heterogeneity, polarisation and crosscuttingness," European Journal of Political Research, forthcoming.
- "The rule of law in the global economy: Explaining intergovernmental backing for private commercial tribunals." European Journal of International Relations, October 7, 2014
- with Johannes Urpelainen, “When and How Can Unilateral Policies Promote the International Diffusion of Environmental Policies and Clean Technology?" Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2014.
- with Charles Roger, “Orchestration and Transnational Climate Governance,” Review of International Organizations, Vol 9 No 1, 2014.
- with David Held and Kevin Young, “Gridlock: From Self-reinforcing Interdependence to Second Order Cooperation Problems,” Global Policy, Vol.4 Issue 3, 2013.
- with David Held, “Gridlock and Innovation in Global Governance: The Partial Transnational Solution,” Global Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2012.
- “The de Facto Free Trade Area in East Asia,” Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011.
- “Transparency, Accountability, and Global Governance,” Global Governance Vol. 14, January-March 2008.
- with Denise Mauzerall, “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Can the Johannesburg Partnerships Coordinate Action on Sustainable Development?” J. of Environment and Development (Sept. 2004)
- Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- with Harriet Bulkeley et al., Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
- with David Held and Kevin Young, Gridlock: Why International Cooperation is Failing when It’s Needed Most (Cambridge: Polity, 2013)
- Co-editor (with David Held), Handbook of Transnational Governance Innovation (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011).
“What is the Effect of Transnational Commercial Arbitration on Trade?,” in Walter Mattli and Thomas Dietz, Eds., International Arbitration and Global Governance: Contending Theories and Evidence (Oxford University Press, 2014).
with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “International Relations, Principal Theories,” in Rudiger Wolfrom, Ed., Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford University Press: forthcoming).
- with Charles Roger, “China and Transnational Climate Governance,” in Scott Kennedy, Ed., The Dragon’s Learning Curve (Routledge: forthcoming).
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Transgovernmental Networks,” in Mark Bevir, Ed., The Handbook of Governance (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing, 2010).
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Transgovernmental Networks and Multilevel Governance,” in Enderlein, Henrik, Sonja Wälti, and Michael Zürn (Eds.): Handbook on Multi-Level Governance (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2010).
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Transgovernmental Networks and Emerging Powers,” in Alan S. Alexandroff and Andrew F. Cooper, Eds., Rising States; Rising Institutions: Can the World Be Governed?(Washington: Brookings Press, 2010).
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Calling All Patriots: the Cosmopolitan Appeal of Americanism,” in Cultural Transformations, Henrietta L. Moore and David Held, Eds. (Oneworld Press, October 2007).
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “A Covenant to Make Global Governance Work,” in David Held, Ed., Debating Globalization (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005).
with Liliana Andonova and Charles Roger, “Diffusion or Domestic Politics? Explaining Global Patterns of Participation in Transnational Climate Governance”
IX Annual Global Administrative Law Conference, Viterbo, Italy, June 13-14, 2013
Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, Lund, Sweden, June 17-19, 2013
“Privatization, Expertise, and the Accountability of Governance beyond the State: Evidence from Private Arbitral Tribunals,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 3-6, 2013, San Francisco
with Charles Roger, “Domestic Politics and Transnational Climate Governance: A Research Agenda,” Earth Systems Governance conference, Tokyo, January 28-31, 2013.
“Gridlock: Why Multilateralism Is Failing when We Need It Most,” WTO Public Forum, Geneva, September 25, 2012.
“Sources of the Rule of Law in the Global Economy,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, April 1-4, 2012. (WINNER: Lawrence Finkelstein Award for best paper on international organization presented by a PhD student)
- with Charles Roger, “China and Transnational Climate Governance”
- Conference on China and Global Governance, Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 22-24, 2012.
- International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, April 1-4, 2012.
- Bridges Dialogue, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, September 2012.
- “No Global Governance, No Democracy,” Global Demos Conference, London School of Economics, July 1-2, 2011.
- with Charles Rogers, “Orchestration and Transnational Climate Governance”
- European Consortium of Political Research Joint Session, St. Gallen, Switzerland, April 13-17, 2011
- European University Institute, December 16-17, 2011.
- “The de Facto Free Trade Area in Asia,” Third Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations, Georgetown, Washington D.C., January 28-30, 2010.
- “’Info-courts’ and the Accountability of International Organizations: Evidence from the World Bank Inspection Panel,” IV Global Administrative Law Seminar, Viterbo, Italy, June 13-14, 2008
Selected other publications
with Harro van Asselt. “How non-state actors can contribute to more effective review processes under the Paris Agreement.” Stockholm Environment Institute Policy Brief. May 2016."Trade and investment finance after Paris: Navigating the transition to universal low carbon energy." Blavatnik School Policy Memo. March 2016.
"Ratchet Up: Five tools to lift climate action after Paris," Blavatnik School policy memo, November 2015
with Sangjung Ha and Peter Ogden. “Climate Finance in and between Developing Countries: An Opportunity to Build on,” Global Policy, forthcoming
with Sander Chan et al., “Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action,” Global Policy, Vol 6., Issue 4, pp. 466-473.
"Subsidy Phase-Out and Reform Catalyst Bonds: A New Tool to Tackle Fossil-Fuel Subsidies." With Pete Ogden. Center for American Progress report. June 2014.
"Orchestrating global solution networks: A guide for organizational entrepreneurs." With Kenneth W. Abbott. Global Solutions Network publication. May 2014.
"Design considerations for a registry of sub- and non-state actions in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change." With Louis Chambers. BSG Policy Memo, February 2014.
with Kartikeya Singh, "India's Unseen Climate Leadership," India Climate Dialogue, 3 June 2014.
"Country-to-Country Review under the Next Climate Treaty: Lessons from Other Intergovernmental Review Processes." With Max Harris. BSG Policy Memo, February 2014.
How the UNFCCC Can Drive Climate Ambition in Advance of a Treaty: Record, Review, Reinforce, Recruit. BSG Policy Memo. October 2013.
- with David Held, "City Limits," RSA Journal, Autumn 2013, p. 20.
- with David Held and Kevin Young, “European and Global Gridlock,” E!Sharp, July, 2013.
- “A Climate Coalition of the Willing,” The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2010
- secondary author for Anne-Marie Slaughter’s The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World, (New York: Basic Books, 2007).
- with Georg Kell and Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Silent Reform through the Global Compact,” U.N. Chronicle, Volume 44, No. 1, 2007.
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Transparency: Possibilities and Limitations,” Fletcher Forum on International Affairs (Winter 2006).
- Book Review: Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Climate Change, Jennifer Hadden. International Political Reviews, 3, pp. 84-93, 2015.
- First of the Year 2009, edited by Benj DeMott, Democratiya, Spring, 2009
- The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since 9/11, by John Brenkman. Democratiya, Spring 2008.
- with Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Hardt and Negri’s Multitude: the Worst of Both Worlds”, openDemocracy, May 26, 2005
- “Understanding China’s Domestic Agenda Can End UN Gridlock” (“读懂中国才能打破气候谈判僵局”) China Dialogue, July 7, 2013.
- "Investing in reform: A new bond could beat our addiction to fossil fuel subsidies." With Pete Ogden. Juncture. Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 169–171, Autumn 2014.
- 区天伦与 托马斯·霍尔, “中国可支持地方政府的气候变化举措,”东方早抱 (上海), 2010.11.26 [with Bruce Au, “China Can Support Local Government Action on Climate Change,” Oriental Morning Post (Shanghai), November 26, 2010]. Reprinted in English as “How to Break the Climate Change Stalemate,” China Daily, November 30, 2010.
- with Tobias Leipprand, “Climate Diplomacy Needs a Revolution,” European Voice, September 30, 2010.
- with Scott Moore, “A Coalition of the Willing for the Climate,” China Dialogue, June 1, 2010.
- “Globalising Freedom,” openDemocracy, March 15, 2005