Academic Career and Research Areas
Tim Büthe's research examines the politics of international economic relations. His work primarily focuses on (1) the role of "technical" standards in the governance of international product and financial markets, in medicine and health policy, and for consumer safety; and (2) the causes and consequences of the rapid global diffusion of competition law and policy. Other research interests include political risk analysis, focusing on foreign direct investment, and the potential and limits of private development aid. Overall, his research seeks to advance the theoretical understanding of power, stability and change in political institutions, guided by the expectation that this can ultimately yield practical insights for both public policy and the private sector, e.g. to resolve transnational conflicts and foster international cooperation.
Büthe studied primarily at Harvard University (BA 1995) and Columbia University, New York (Ph.D. 2002). Prior to joining the teaching staff at TUM in 2016 he was Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy (tenured) at Duke University (USA), having previously taught at Stanford University and Columbia University. He has held postdoctoral research appointments at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
- Open Data Impact Award, Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft (2021)
- American Political Science Association David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award, "to recognize distinction in methodological publications, innovative application of qualitative and multi-method approaches, and institutional contributions" (2017)
- Appointment to the World Bank-OECD Global Network of Experts on Competition and Shared Prosperity (2015)
- International Studies Association Book Award, awarded at the Annual ISA Convention for "the Best Book in the Field of International Studies" (2013)
- American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)-DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies (2012)
Büthe T, Milner HV: "Institutional Diversity in Trade Agreements and Their Effect on Foreign Direct Investment: Credibility, Commitments, and Economic Flows in the Developing World, 1971-2007". World Politics. 2014; 66(1): 88-122.Abstract
Pauwelyn J, Maggetti M, Büthe T, and Berman A., eds. Rethinking Participation in Global Governance
Voice and Influence after Stakeholder Reforms in Global Finance and Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.
Jacobs A and Büthe T with Arjona A et al, "The Qualitative Transparency Deliberations: Insights and Implications." Perspectives on Politics 2021; 19(1): 171-186.Abstract
Unruh C, Haid C, Fottner J, Büthe T. "Human Autonomy in Algorithmic Management." Proceedings of 2022 AAI/ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society (Oxford, August 2022).Abstract
Steinert J, Sternberg H, Prince H, Fasolo B, Galizzi M, Veltri G, Büthe T. "COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Eight European Countries: Prevalence, Determinants, and Heterogeneity." Science Advances 2022; 8(17) (29 April 2022).Abstract