Global Networks

Research Cluster

Competition and cooperation in transnational networks are central drivers of global governance. Global networks initiate innovation processes in business, politics and law, which increasingly influence the creation, implementation and development of international rules, norms and standards. With the growing influence of global networks, questions of their regulation, legitimacy and integration into democratic processes arise. The Research Cluster "Global Networks" investigates the functioning, influence and normative configuration of such networks based on five guiding questions:


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  • How do the working methods and influence of different types of transnational networks (epistemic networks, professional networks, advocacy networks, etc.) vary in global politics?

  • Under which conditions can transnational networks influence policy change in their interaction with intergovernmental organisations?

  • How exclusive/inclusive are transnational networks?

  • What role do transnational networks play in a globalised economy as drivers of innovation?

  • How do transnational networks create and develop formal and informal legal instruments?

The research cluster pursues an interdisciplinary approach combining economics, (organisational) sociology and political science (International Relations). Currently, four chairs of Zeppelin University are involved in the research cluster: The Chair of Global Governance, the Chair of Institutional Economics, the Chair of International Security Policy and the Chair of Public Administration & Public Policy. The research cluster aims to bundle expertise on transnational networks in global cooperation in the region.


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Research Areas

How exclusive/inclusive are transnational networks?

Transnational networks tackling global policy challenges can either be very inclusive, in which case they are open to a large range of actors being affected by the respective challenge or problem. But then transnational networks can also be exclusive, only taking into account a small number of powerful actors and their preferences. At the Chair of Global Governance we are interested in knowing how inclusive or exclusive transnational networks are, which actors and ideas/preferences are represented therein and which are absent. In order to tackle this question, we investigate transnational networks in different policy fields and regarding different policy challenges. The inclusive or exclusive character of transnational networks does not only affect the way in which problems are treated, but also the democratic legitimacy of Global Governance.


Schneiker, Andrea Prof Dr
Chair of Global Governance

Governance in Global Value Chains

The bulk of international trade takes place in global value chains, which are networked by the close inter- and intra-firm transactions of different actors. On the one hand, formal governance mechanisms often reach their limits if they cannot be fully enforced in different legal frameworks. On the other hand, formal governance is often not optimal in terms of transaction costs. The Chair of Institutional Economics investigates how transnational networks influence standard setting, learning processes and implementation in global value chains. Particularly in the case of intersectoral cooperation, which is often indispensable in global value chains, different decision-making logics of different actors must be taken into account. A relational approach is central here. The relationship between business, politics and society needs to be rethought and appropriate management systems applied.

In the context of this project, Prof. Joseph Wieland is the co-leader of the working group "Sustainability in Global Value Chains" in the Think20 process, which accompanies international cooperation in the G20 format at think tank level.

Further Information

Recent Publications


Wieland, Josef Prof Dr
Chair of Instituational Economics

Emotional Communities

This research project investigates a particular type of emotional community in world politics: a security community. It is argued that emotion norms – the expression of appropriate emotions in a given situation – stabilize a security community during inter-allied conflict. Building on Social Identity Theory and Intergroup Emotion Theory, it is argued here that political leaders use emotional language and expressions to communicate their intentions vis-à-vis insiders and outsiders. In this sense, state representatives employ a vocabulary of emotional discourse accompanied by symbolic interaction to frame regional peace and to stabilize this peace system during times of internal conflict.


Eckhard, Steffen | Prof Dr

Steffen Eckhard is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Zeppelin University . He is also affiliated with the Center of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz and a Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

In his research and teaching, he focuses on the management of public organizations and how they make an impact on politics and society – within the nation state but also internationally. His research projects cover a variety of topics, including public service encounters at the street-level, hybrid organizations at the boundary of the public and non-profit sector, and international public administrations in global policy-making. In support of his research, Steffen has received external funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Germany Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Canadian Research Foundation (SSHRC), among others.

Steffen Eckhard studied political and administrative science in Konstanz, Grenoble and Stockholm. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked as a research associate at the Berlin-based think tank Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) for clients such as the German Foreign Office, United Nations and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF). In 2013, he received a PhD from the University of Konstanz. Between 2014 and 2018, Steffen was scientific coordinator of the research unit International Public Administration at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI) at the University of Munich (LMU), where he also completed his Habilitation in 2020. Between 2018 and 2022, Steffen was Junior Professor of Public Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Konstanz .

Frank, Marieluna | MA

Frank, Marieluna
Frank, Marieluna
Research Fellow | Coordinator Researchcluster
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1354
Room:Semi 0.25

Marieluna Frank is research fellow at the Chair of Global Governance since April 2021. Since March 2022 she functions as coordinator of the research cluster. She studied International Law and Human Rights in Venice and Luxembourg and holds a Master in Politics and Administration. Before joining the ZU, she worked as a trainee and assistant at the Permanent EU Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva. Her main areas of interest are governance structures with regard to human rights and the distribution of global goods. In her research, she investigates the role of non-state actors in the global commons space, the high seas and Antarctica.

Koschut, Simon | Prof Dr

Koschut, Simon
Koschut, Simon Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1421
Room:Semi 0.07L

Simon Koschut is Professor of International Security Policy. He is also a member of the Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation and Principal Investigator in the interdisciplinary collaborative research project "Social Cohesion and Civil Society: Interaction Dynamics in Times of Disruption", funded by the Berlin University Alliance. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations, security policy and peace and conflict studies, in particular regional security governance, norms and emotions in global politics. Since 2021, he has been spokesperson for the International Relations Section of the German Political Science Association. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and San Francisco State University. In 2018, he received the Ernst Otto Czempiel Prize of the Leibniz Institute Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research for the best postdoctoral monograph in peace and conflict research for his habilitation thesis.

Schneiker, Andrea | Prof Dr

Since September 2020 Andrea Schneiker is Chair of Global Governance. Since March 2022 she functions as speaker of the research cluster.

Before, she was Professor as Juniorprofessor for International Relations at the University of Siegen. She has been visiting scholar at New York University, Radboud University Nijmegen and the Graduate Insitute, Geneva. Her research focuses on transnational Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Communication.

Wieland, Josef | Prof Dr

Wieland, Josef
Wieland, Josef Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2261
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:FAB 3 | 1.55

Josef Wieland is holder of the Endowed Chair of Institutional Economics – Organisational Governance, Integrity Management & Transcultural Leadership. In his research, teaching and consulting, Prof Wieland focuses on his governance economical approach, supported by his team of research assistants and fellows.

Prof Wieland was the founder and chairman of the Center for Business Ethics (ZfW) as well as the Forum Compliance & Integrity (FCI). Since 2012, Josef Wieland has been Chairman of the German Business Ethics Network (DNWE) as well as a member of the CSR Forum of the Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Services. The CSR Consensus has been sucessfully set up on June 25, 2018. In the context of the German G20 presidency 2016/2017, Prof Wieland has been part of the Think20 process, co-leading the Working Group „Sustainability in Global Value Chains“.

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