Research Group "Institution Building across Borders"


The interaction of national and global organizing structures is increasingly affecting the coordination of economic, social and political activity in modern economies. This raises questions about the processes and mechanisms of institution building across borders, beyond national and supranational statehood. The research group is examining both the participation of non-state and state actors and the interaction of intended and emerging institution building in the transnational realm in order to contribute to the development of sociological theory on global organizing structures. Projects are located at the interface between economic sociology, organizational theory, and international relations with a strong emphasis on the links between rule-setting and law-making and close ties to the field of law and society. In terms of substance, research aims at a longitudinal analysis of the development of transnational regulation in different governance fields. Of particular interest are the transnational comprehensiveness and local institutional depth of specific governance schemes. Furthermore, the analysis focuses on processes of horizontal and vertical fragmentation and integration relating to the governance architectures of fields. Empirical projects investigate international financial reporting, developments in copyright law, and transnational standards in environmental and labour regulation.


Organization and contact

Sigrid Quack
Professor of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Associate Head of Research Group on "Institution Building across Borders" at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Phone +49 203 379-4794

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