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Tim Büthe, Associate Research Professor of Political Science and Sanford School of Public Policy

Tim Büthe
Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, Gross Hall, 2nd Floor, Dept Of Political Science, Box 90204,
Email Address:  
Web Page:   http://www.duke.edu/~buthe

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002
M.Phil., Columbia University, 1998
M.A., Columbia University, 1997
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1995
B.A., Harvard University, 1995

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

Current projects: Law and Politics of Antitrust in Open Economies, Institutional Change in Global Governance, Private Foreign Aid, Part 2

Buthe’s research is driven by two primary interests that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. First, he seeks to advance our understanding of how political, legal, and economic institutions not only constrain but also empower some stakeholder’s vis-à-vis others and how these distributional consequences affect institutional persistence and change in the long run. Second, he seeks to understand how market and non-market processes interact in specific issues areas that are intrinsically important. The resulting research shows, for instance, that the global governance ("transnational regulation") of product and financial markets is deeply political even when it takes place in non-governmental bodies of technical experts (transnational or private regulation). Other major projects focus on the foreign direct investment (FDI), especially the costs and benefits of using international trade and investment treaties to reduce the political risks FDI faces in developing countries, and foreign aid, especially the distinctiveness of private humanitarian and development aid. A newer NSF-funded project analyzes the international dimension of antitrust/competition policy and builds the first comprehensive database of cross-nationally comparable data on antitrust (competition) law and enforcement.

Areas of Interest:

global governance
interaction of domestic and international institutions
institutional change
non-tariff barriers to trade
foreign direct investment
European Integration
non-state actors in world politics
research design & methods

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  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].

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