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Tim Büthe, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Tim Büthe

Please note: Tim has left the "Duke International" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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Office Location:  309 Perkins Library
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Ph.D.Columbia University2002
M.Phil.Columbia University1998
M.A.Columbia University1997
B.A., magna cum laudeHarvard College1995
B.A.Harvard University1995

Political Institutions
Political Economy
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Research Interests:

My research interests are in international and comparative political economy.  Three general themes are common to my work: the evolution and persistence of institutions and the ways in which institutions enable and constrain actors; the role of non-state actors in international politics; and the potential for synergies from the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods.  Some of this work has been published in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the journal Governance.

Areas of Interest:

international & comparative political economy
non-tariff barriers to trade
foreign direct investment
politics of standards and regulations
European Integration
non-state actors in world politics
democracy & civil society


international political economy • non-tariff barriers to trade • foreign direct investment • politics of standards and regulations • non-state actors • European integration • EU • Europe • democracy & civil society

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • McKenzie Johnson  
  • Cindy Cheng  
  • Shana Starobin  
  • Danielle Lupton  
  • Lindsay Cohn  
  • Mark Axelrod  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Büthe, T; Milner, HV, Institutional Diversity in Trade Agreements and Their Effect on Foreign Direct Investment: Credibility, Commitments, and Economic Flows in the Developing World, 1971-2007, World Politics, vol. 66 no. 1 (January, 2014), pp. 88-122  [abs]
  2. Büthe, T, Agent-Centric Historical Institutionalism as a Theory of Institutional Change: The Politics of Regulating Competition and Mergers in the European Union, 1955-2010, International Organization, vol. 68 (2014 (forthcoming))  [abs]
  3. Büthe, T, Review of Randall W. Stone, Controlling Institutions: International Organizations and the Global Economy, Perspectives on Politics, vol. 11 no. 1 (March, 2013), pp. 282-284
  4. Büthe, T, Institutionalization and Its Consequences: The Transnational Legal Order for Food Safety, in Transnational Legal Orders, edited by Halliday, T; Shaffer, G (2014 (forthcoming)), New York: Cambridge University Press  [abs]
  5. Büthe, T; Cheng, C, Private Transnational Governance of Economic Development: International Development Aid, in Handbook of Global Economic Governance, edited by Moschella, M; Weaver, C (2013), pp. 322-341, London: Routledge  [abs]