Biography

Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale

Associate Professor in Public Policy (Global Public Policy)

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).

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New publications

with David Held, "Why is the anti-global backlash happening now?" Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, 29 November 2017

with David Held, "The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why," The Conversation, 8 November 2017

with David Held, "Beyond gridlock in world politics," Open Democracy, 13 October 2017

with David Held et al., Beyond Gridlock. Cambridge: Polity, 2017.

with Liliana Andonova and Charles Roger, "National Policy and Transnational Governance of Climate Change: Substitutes or Complements?" International Studies Quarterly

Contact

thomas.hale@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Research

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.

Publications

New publications

with David Held, "Why is the anti-global backlash happening now?Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, 29 November 2017

with David Held, "The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why," The Conversation, 8 November 2017

with David Held, "Beyond gridlock in world politics," Open Democracy, 13 October 2017

with David Held et al., Beyond Gridlock. Cambridge: Polity, 2017.

with Liliana Andonova and Charles Roger, "National Policy and Transnational Governance of Climate Change: Substitutes or Complements?" International Studies Quarterly

"Donald Trump is sacrificing the future of the planet on the altar of his own ego - but it could backfire", New Statesman, June 2, 2017

with Jessica Green, "Reversing the Marginalization of Global Environmental Politics in International Relations: An Opportunity for the Discipline," PS: Political Science and Politics. 

Special Issue of International Interactions, The Comparative Politics of Transnational Climate Governance, 43:1

Intro: with Charles Roger & Liliana Andonova (2017) "The Comparative Politics of Transnational Climate Governance," International Interactions, 43:1, pp. 1-25.

After Trump, the Groundswell of Global Climate Action is ever more Central to the Climate Regime.” Global Policy. November 22, 2016.

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 ActionGlobal Environmental Politics, Vol. 16, No. 3. 

with Harro van Asselt et al. “Maximizing the Potential of the Paris Agreement: Effective Review of Action and Support in a Bottom-up Regime.” Discussion Brief. May 2016.

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.

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. 

"Trade and investment finance after Paris: Navigating the transition to universal lowcarbon energy." Blavatnik School Policy Memo. March 2016.

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Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Books

Edited books and special issues 

Book chapters

  • “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). 

Selected conference papers

  • “Under what conditions does international review alter national policy? Refining Concepts and Building Theory”
    • American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 1-3, 2016
    • Political Economy of International Organizations, Zurich, January 2017
  • 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

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