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Mathias Koenig-Archibugi


I'm Associate Professor (Reader) of Global Politics in the Department of Government and the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I teach courses on global politics, international institutions, and global public policy. My research interests focus on the governance of global issues, especially in the area of health and labour rights, and on the possibility of democratizing global politics.

My contact details:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 7193
  • Email: m.koenig-archibugi {at} lse {dot} ac {dot} uk
  • Postal address: LSE Government Department, Houghton Street, London WC2 2AE
  • Office: CBG.3.38, Centre Building, see map here
  • Office hours: students can book a slot on Student Hub 

Full list of publications here (Google Scholar)

Main publications by topic

Democracy beyond the state

Public Opinion on Institutional Designs for the United Nations: An International Survey Experiment, with Farsan Ghassim and Luis Cabrera. International Studies Quarterly. Forthcoming, 2022.

Who Are the People? Defining the Demos in the Measurement of Democracy. Political Studies, 2020, [Open Access].

Could Global Democracy Satisfy Diverse Policy Values? An Empirical Analysis, with Thomas Hale. The Journal of Politics, 81(1), 112-126, 2019. [Published version] [Download]

How to Diagnose Democratic Deficits in Global Politics: The Use of the “All Affected Principle. International Theory, 9(2), 171-202, 2017. [Published version] [Download]

Fuzzy Citizenship in Global Society, Journal of Political Philosophy, 20(4), 456-480, 2012. [Published version] [Download]

Is Global Democracy Possible? European Journal of International Relations, 17(3), 519-542, 2011. [Published version] [Download] [Link to previous version]

Global Democracy and Domestic Analogies. In: Daniele Archibugi, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, and Raffaele Marchetti (eds.) Global Democracy: Normative and Empirical Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 2011. [Download] [More information on book]

Can There Be a Global Demos? An Agency-Based Approach, with Christian List, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 38(1), 76-110, 2010. [Published version] [Download]

European Union

Are Europeans Ready for a More Democratic European Union? New Evidence on Preference Heterogeneity, Polarization and Crosscuttingness, with Thomas Hale. European Journal of Political Research, 55(1), 225–245, 2016. [Published version] [Download] [

-        Related blog entry: Do Britons and other Europeans disagree on policy issues? With Thomas Hale. LSE Brexit blog.

-        Less related blog entry: Is Brexit a contest between low-earning Leavers and high-earning Remainers? With Miriam SoraceLSE Brexit blog.

Explaining Government Preferences for Institutional Change in EU Foreign and Security Policy, International Organization, 54(1), 137-174, 2004. [Published version] [Download] [Data]

International Governance as New Raison d’État? The Case of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, European Journal of International Relations, 10(2), 147-188, 2004.

Global health policy

The Social Construction of Global Health Priorities: An Empirical Analysis of Contagion in Bilateral Health Aid, with Leonardo Baccini and Mirko Heinzel, International Studies Quarterly, 2021. [Open Access]

The Social Network of International Health Aid, with Lu Han and Tore Opsahl, Social Science & Medicine, 206, 67-76, 2018. [Published version] [Request copy]

Aid Fragmentation or Aid Pluralism? The Effect of Multiple Donors on Child Survival in Developing Countries, 1990-2010, with Lu Han, World Development 66, 344-358, 2015. [Published version] [Request copy]

Complexity and Institutional Diversity in Global Health Governance: Implications for Asia, in Kelley Lee, Tikki Pang and Yeling Tan (eds), Asia’s Role in Governing Global Health. Routledge, 2013. [Download]

International Institutions in a Functionally Differentiated World Society, in Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan and Michael Zürn (eds) Bringing Sociology to International Relations: World Politics as Differentiation Theory. Cambridge University Press, 2013. [Download]

Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in Held, David and Hale, Thomas, (eds.) Handbook of Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations. Polity Press, 2011.

International labour rights

Has Global Trade Competition Really Led to a Race to the Bottom in Labor Standards? With Alessandro Guasti. International Studies Quarterly, forthcoming 2022.

Why Do States Commit to International Labor Standards? Interdependent Ratification of Core ILO Conventions, 1948-2009, with Leonardo Baccini, World Politics 66(3), 446-490, 2014 [Published version] [Download]

Does Transnational Private Governance Reduce or Displace Labor Abuses? Addressing Sorting Dynamics across Global Supply Chains. Regulation & Governance, 11(4), 343-352, 2017. [Published version] [Request copy]

Global public policy in general

International organizations and democracy: an assessment. In: Cabrera, Luis, (ed.) Institutional Cosmopolitanism. Oxford University Press, 2018. [Published version] [Request copy]

The Role of Beneficiaries in Transnational Regulatory Processes. With Kate Macdonald. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 670, 36-57, 2017. Special issue on “Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance”, edited by Kenneth W. Abbott, David Levi-Faur and Duncan Snidal. [Published version] [Download]

Accountability. In Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd and Ian Johnstone, Oxford University Press, 2017. [Published version] [Download]

Accountability-by-Proxy in Transnational Non-State Governance, with Kate Macdonald, Governance 26(3), 499-522, 2013. [Published version] [Download]

Understanding the Global Dimensions of Policy, Global Policy, 1(1), 16-28, 2010. [Published version] [Download]

Accountability in Transnational Relations: How Distinctive Is It? West European Politics, 33(5), 1142-64, 2010. [Published version] [Download]

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias (2010) Global Regulation, in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation, edited by Richard E. Baldwin, Martin Cave, and Martin Lodge. Oxford University Press. [Published version]

New Modes of Governance in the Global System, edited with Michael Zürn. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006. [More information]

Global Governance and Public Accountability, edited with David Held. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. [More information]

Transnational Corporations and Public Accountability, Government and Opposition, 39(2), 234-259. [Published version]

Taming Globalization: Frontiers of Governance, edited with David Held. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2003. [More information] [Download introduction]

Mapping Global Governance. In: Held, David and McGrew, Anthony, (eds.) Governing Globalization: Power, Authority and Global Governance. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2003. [Download]

International Relations Theory

Which Synthesis? Strategies of Theoretical Integration and the Neorealist-Neoliberal Debate, with Filippo Andreatta, International Political Science Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2010, 207-227. [Published version] [Download]


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