Department of Organization

Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.49
E-mail: hbu.ioa@cbs.dk

Most of my research revolves around issues related to the public and private regulation of competition. The profound changes in how public authorities regulate competition is for instance analysed, from the vantage point of a critical political economy perspective underpinned by critical realism, in The Politics of European Competition Regulation from 2011 (co-authored by Angela Wigger). As for the private regulation of competition, my research focuses on how companies use corporate networks to control markets.

Through this work I have developed a wider interest in how transformations in political-economic contexts shape – and are shaped by – the evolution of elite networks. In the years to come I will, together with a group of great colleagues, explore this matter as the principle investigator of Longitudinal Elite Networks (LONGLINKS), a research project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Another main interest is what it would take for our societies in the rich parts of the world to become genuinely environmentally sustainable. I study this issue by cross-fertilising insights from political economy and degrowth scholarship.

Primary research areas

•    Corporate networks and elites
•    The public and private regulation of competition
•    Environmental sustainability and degrowth
•    European political economy
•    Philosophies of social science, esp. critical realism

Curriculum Vitae
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•    Comparative political economy (IBP, 2nd year, mandatory)
•    Philosophies of Social Science and Second Year Project (IBP, 2nd year, mandatory)
•    Danmark i et komparativt perspektiv (EB, 1st year, mandatory)


I supervise projects/theses dealing with topics related to the above research areas.

Selected publications

2018: ‘The Prerequisites for a Degrowth Paradigm Shift: Insights from Critical Political Economy’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 146, pp. 157-163.

2016: Karteller - Afsløringen af aftalt spil i dansk erhvervsliv, København: Gyldendal Business.

2015: ‘The Scale and Geography of Collusion in the European Market: A Longitudinal View’, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies (with C. Levallois)

2014: ‘Capitalist diversity and degrowth trajectories to steady-state economies’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 106, pp. 173-179.

2014: ‘Interlocking directorates and collusion: an empirical analysis’, International Sociology, Vol. 29, No 3, pp. 249-267.

2011: The Politics of European Competition Regulation. A Critical Political Economy Perspective, London and New York: Routledge (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy) (with A. Wigger).

Publications sorted by:
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Martin B. Carstensen / Paradigms and the Political Economy of Ecopolitical Projects : Green Growth and Degrowth Compared.
In: Competition and Change, Vol. 25, No. 3/4, 7.2021, p. 308-327
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Anton Grau Larsen / The Chemical Brothers : Competition and the Evolution of the Board Interlock Network in the German Chemical Industry, 1950–2015.
In: Business History, 12.5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Peter Nielsen / Critical Realism : Basics and Beyond.
London : Red Globe Press 2020, 178 p.
Book > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Cómo Evitar el Colapso Ecosocial : el Proyecto del Decrecimiento.
In: Revista de Economía y Estadística, Vol. 58, No. 1, 2020, p. 59-79
Journal article > peer review
Max Koch; Hubert Buch-Hansen / In Search of a Political Economy of the Postgrowth Era
In: Globalizations, 25.8.2020
Journal article > peer review
Max Koch; Hubert Buch-Hansen / The IPE of Degrowth and Sustainable Welfare
In: The Routledge Handbook to Global Political Economy: Conversations and Inquiries. . ed. /Ernesto Vivares. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 375-390
Book chapter > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Max Koch / Degrowth through Income and Wealth Caps?
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 160, 6.2019, p. 264-271
Review > peer review
Max Koch; Hubert Buch-Hansen / Einkommens- & Vermögensgrenzen aus Degrowth-Sicht
Berlin : Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH 3.6.2019
Net publication - Internet publication
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Reorienting Comparative Political Economy : From Economic Growth to Sustainable Alternatives.
In: Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth. ed. /Ekaterina Chertkovskaya; Alexander Paulsson; Stefania Barca. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield International 2019, p. 39-53 (Transforming Capitalism)
Book chapter > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Juan Ignacio Staricco / The Amsterdam School, Critical Realism and the Study of ‘Deep Structures’
In: Transnational Capital and Class Fractions: The Amsterdam School Perspective Reconsidered. . ed. /Bob Jessop; Henk Overbeek. Abingdon : Routledge 2019, p. 223-227 (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy)
Book chapter > peer review
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