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Per-Olof Busch, PhD

Per-Olof Busch is post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Chair. He holds a PhD in Political Science (summa cum laude). Before joining the University of Potsdam in 2010 he has been working as researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin where he studied Political Science and completed his PhD ("Governance by diffusion. International environmental policy coordination in the era of globalization"). He also worked as guest researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, participated in several European collobarative research projects. For research purposes, he stayed – among others – in Mexico, Hungary, France, or the U.S. and visited various international organisations.

Per-Olof Busch has published several articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of European Public Policy, The Annals of the American Political Science Association or European Journal of Political Research. He also often contributed to edited volumes with leading university presses, namely MIT Press and Cambridge University Press, and commercial presses, such as Routledge or Edward Elgar. He is co-editor of a special issue of the Politische Vierteljahresschrift “Politik und Umwelt” (Politics and Environment).

He is principal investigator (together with Andrea Liese) in the research project Consideration of Expert Knowledge - International Public Administrations as Policy Experts, which is part of the larger Research Group International Public Administrations. Emergence and Development of Administrative Patterns and their Effects on International Policy-Making, funded by the German Research Foundation.

In his research and teaching, Per-Olof Busch essentially focuses on questions of international and domestic governance in the context of political (and economic) institutionalisation and globalisation. He directs his attention above all to

  • the driving forces and effects of international processes of institutionalisation,
  • the role, influence and effects of international institutions, organisations and bureaucracies/public administrations,
  • the role and potential of cross-national policy diffusion and transfer, emulation, learning, and communication as mode of international governance (“governance by diffusion”),
  • and the consequences of increasing international political and economic interlinkages on national and international policies.



University Potsdam
Chair of International Organizations and Policies
August-Bebel-Straße 89
14482 Potsdam
Building 7, Room 3.11


consulting hours
On Request
Appointments via eMail and Moodle