Global Political Economy

At CBS this research field focuses on the global governance and political aspects of globalisation. This includes research on topics such as the role of non-state actors, changing boundaries between public and private, anti-corruption, risk management, post-growth economy and the financial crises. In addition to conducting research projects, CBS researchers have connected with international scholars and engaged representatives from business, governments and NGOs through a variety of conferences and workshops hosted at CBS


ALTERECOS: Exploring Alternatives to Currently Dominant Forms of Economic Organizing

Funded by Velux Foundation, the project aims at investigating alternatives to currently dominant forms of economic organization. In the wake of the global financial crisis, change and reform of the financial sector was the name of the game, but it seems that hardly anything has changed. Have we “let a serious crisis go to waste”? The present project takes its point of departure in the nuanced answer to this question that appears when one turns from purely economic explanations to interdisciplinary investigations of the social, political, and communicative causes and consequences of the financial crisis.

Sine Nørholm Just

Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour (STYLE)

Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour (STYLE) is a large-scale integrated collaborative project under the EU’s FP7 programme. The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of very high unemployment among young people and to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies designed to mitigate this phenomenon. The WP6 Mismatch: Migration & Mobility examines, among others, the conditions under which intra-EU youth mobility improves the labour market chances of young people.

Janine Leschke


The recent revelations of WikiLeaks highlighted that secrecy is a fundamental part of organizations. This has profound social, economic and political implications. This project will conduct a systematic investigation of the significant, yet still widely neglected topic of organizational secrecy. The aim of the project is to bring organizational secrecy into research focus, add it as a novel basic construct to the analytical repertoire of the field of organization theory, develop a new social process approach to secrecy that focuses on the relation between secrecy, identity and control, and discuss its wide-ranging implications.

Dan Kärreman

Auditing and the Detection of Corruption

Auditing’s role in the fight against corruption has so far been hesitant. While private sector financial auditing has generally neglected corruption as a potential source of material errors in financial statements, public sector auditing has, at best, accepted responsibility for the prevention of corruption. The aim of the project is to examine the arguments for auditing’s limited role in the fight against corruption and investigate the potential for auditing to play a direct role in the detection of commercial corruption.

Kim Klarskov Jeppesen

Crooked Politics: Vote Markets and Redistribution in New Democracies 

CBS Department of Business and Politics is hosting a research project on political corruption in developing countries. The project aims at uncovering links between poverty and political corruption in connection with elections in new democracies and to examine the consequences of corruption for redistributive policies. This will be examined through an integrated research design combining a case study – implemented as a post-election survey in South Africa – with a multilevel data analysis using individual-level survey data from a large number of countries. The project is funded by the Danish Research Council.

Mogens Kamp Justesen

Exploring the Emergence and Stabilization of Bribery 

This project contributes to corruption research by exploring bribery practices in their early-stage emergence and stabilization. Based on a dataset that contains self-reports on a bribery-tipping practice in Las Vegas hotels, the project examines which social and situational factors influence the likelihood of “successful” bribery transactions, thus leading to their stabilization as patterned and identifiable social interaction.

Dennis Schoeneborn

Corruption Control and Transparency Regimes 

This project analyses how and why international anti-corruption activities organized by states, international organizations and NGOs have come to address the responsibility of business in the fight against corruption, and how corporate anti-corruption activity are connected to wider sustainability, corporate responsibility and business ethics agendas. The project strives to bring us more knowledge about how corporate engagement, particularly its softer dimensions beyond legal compliance (if any), is practised by analyzing the relations between business, government organizations and civil society actors.

Hans Krause Hansen

Light & Darkness: The Prospects and Limitations of Organizational Transparency

The overall aim of this project is to analyze the prospects and limitations of organizational transparency understood as the idea, the objective, and the policy of increased openness and accountability in organizational practices. Focusing on the intersection between processes that promote and advance transparency and the conditions and procedures that impede it, the project explores how organizational responses to demands for transparency from the wider community shape and, eventually, affect public insight into contemporary organizations.

Lars Thøger Christensen

Transparency & Opacity: Balancing Legitimacy 

This project works from the assumption that the interplay of transparency and opacity is constitutive of organizational practice, contributes to the allocation of agency and influences the configuration of legitimacy. The project looks at how transparency ideals are articulated in the organizational world of policy-making and how opacity figures in the practices of organizations. How do organizations make use of transparency to construct legitimacy and to gain leverage for their interests? How do organizations work to maintain a degree of opacity around core dimensions of organizational resources?

Christina Garsten

Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators (COFFERS)

The European Union confronts inequalities across a range of areas from gender, to generational, wealth, mobility and opportunity. One underlying factor common to these expanded inequalities is deficiencies in fiscal systems. The COFFERS project seeks to redress these deficiencies as policy innovation at national, regional and international levels undergoes a period of accelerated development. The consortium tracks the tax gap and regulatory innovation, traces how expert networks, jurisdictions and taxpayers adapt to and negotiate rapid evolutionary change and transmits forward looking risk assessment and policy advice to intervene in that evolutionary process.

Duncan Wigan

Global Values

The Global Values project aims to develop a comprehensive and innovative framework for assessing the impact that Multinational Corporations (MNCs) have on issues like sustainable development, human rights, transparency and anti-corruption. The project will shed light on institutional arrangements, analyze systems of governance for responsible business practices, explore responsible competitiveness, assess the complementarity of public and private sector activities, and derive recommendations for decision makers in business, policy and NGOs.

Lucia Reisch

Organizing CSR Reporting Within the United Nations: An Inside-Out Perspective

A key initiative of the UN has been the establishment of the Global Compact Principles. This research project aims to address two themes: 1) What role does United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) play in articulating the linkages between CSR reporting and the envisioned agenda of sustainable development?, And 2) Through an examination of the UN organization’s external reporting, mapping and analyses, how are UN organizations themselves embedding the principles of sustainability reporting into their external reporting?

Caroline Aggestam-Pontoppidan
Sidst opdateret: PRME // 27/06/2018