I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough. I'm also an Affiliated Faculty member of the Environmental Governance Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project.
My book, Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy (2020, Cambridge University Press), was awarded the 2021 Best Book Prize in International Relations by the Canadian Political Science Association.
The book also received an Honorable Mention from the International Political Economy Best Book Award Committee of the International Studies Association, 2022.
Renckens, Stefan. 2020. Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/private-governance-and-public-authority/85A9399D25F4FB7AAAF937A360D05AB4
At a time of significant concerns about the sustainability of the global economy, businesses are eager to display their responsible corporate practices. While rulemaking for these practices was once the prerogative of states, businesses and civil society actors are increasingly engaged in creating private rulemaking instruments, such as eco-labeling and certification schemes, to govern corporate behavior. When does a public authority intervene in such private governance and reassert the primacy of public policy? Private Governance and Public Authority develops a new theory of public-private regulatory interactions and argues that when and how a public authority intervenes in private governance depends on the economic benefits to domestic producers that such intervention generates and the degree of fragmentation of private governance schemes. Drawing on European Union policymaking on organic agriculture, biofuels, fisheries, and fair trade, the book exposes the political-economic conflicts between private and public rule makers and the strategic nature of regulating sustainability in a global economy.
"an exceptionally well researched book that [...] offers an elegantly stated and highly original theoretical argument combined with careful and detailed empirical work.”
IPE Best Book Award Committee - International Studies Association
"This book demonstrates why Stefan Renckens has quickly become one of the significant scholars in the arena of global governance. [...] He includes a novel treatment of private governance systems as actors that lobby for their own interests. [...] This book deepens our understanding of the relationship between private and public governance in global markets."
Virginia Haufler - Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
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Webinar organized by the Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium, December 10, 2020
Renckens, Stefan and Graeme Auld. 2022. Time to certify: Explaining Varying Efficiency of Private Regulatory Audits. Regulation & Governance 16(2): 500-518. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12362
Renckens, Stefan. 2020. The Instrumental Power of Transnational Private Governance: Interest Representation and Lobbying by Private Rule-Makers. Governance 33(3): 657-674 https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12451