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Kenneth Abbott

Kenneth Abbott

Jack E Brown Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Ken.Abbott@asu.edu

480-965-5917

Sandra O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Jack E Brown Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
  • Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Affiliate, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Biography

A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott's teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Politics and Global Studies. In 2017 he received the inaugural Distinghished Scholar Award from the International Law Section of the International Studies Association. Professor Abbott is a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.  

Education

  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1969
  • AB, Government, Cornell University, 1966

Expertise

Journal Articles

2017

Abbott, K. W. 2017. Orchestrating experimentation in non-state environmental commitments. Environmental Politics 26(4):738-763. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1319631. (link )

Abbott, K. W., D. Levi-Faur and D. Snidal. 2017. Enriching the RIT framework. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 670(1):280-288. DOI: 10.1177/0002716217694593. (link )

Abbott, K. W., D. Levi-Faur and D. Snidal. 2017. Introducing regulatory intermediaries. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 670(1):6-13. DOI: 10.1177/0002716217695519. (link )

Abbott, K. W., D. Levi-Faur and D. Snidal. 2017. Theorizing regulatory intermediaries: The RIT Model. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 670(1):14-25. DOI: 10.1177/0002716216688272. (link )

2016

Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel, D. Snidal and B. Zangl. 2016. Two logics of indirect governance: Delegation and orchestration. British Journal of Political Science 46(4):719-729. DOI: 10.1017/S0007123414000593. (link )

Abbott, K. W., J. F. Green and R. O. Keohane. 2016. Organizational ecology and institutional change in global governance. International Organization 70(2):247-277. DOI: 10.1017/S0020818315000338. (link )

2015

Abbott, K. W. and S. Bernstein. 2015. The high-level political forum on sustainable development: Orchestration by default and design. Global Policy 6(3):222-233. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12199. (link )

Chan, S., H. von Asselt, T. Hale, K. W. Abbott, M. Beisheim, M. Hoffmann, B. Guy, N. Hohne, A. Hsu, P. Pattberg, P. Pauw, C. Ramstein and O. Widerberg. 2015. Reinvigorating international climate policy: A comprehensive framework for effective nonstate action. Global Policy 6(4):466-473. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12294. (link )

2014

Abbott, K. W. 2014. Strengthening the transnational regime complex for climate change. Transnational Environmental Law 3(1):37-88. DOI: 10.1017/S2047102513000502. (link )

Abbott, K. W. and T. Hale. 2014. Orchestrating global solutions networks: A guide for organizational entrepreneurs. Innovations 9(1/2):195-212. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2431956. (link )

2013

Abbott, K. W. 2013. Taking responsive regulation transnational: Strategies for international organizations. Regulations & Governance 7(1):95-113. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2012.01167.x. (link )

2012

Abbott, K. W. 2012. Engaging the public and the private in global sustainability governance. International Affairs 88(3):543-564. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01088.x. (link )

Abbott, K. W. 2012. The transnational regime complex for climate change. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30(4):571-590. DOI: 10.1068/c11127. (link )

Abbott, K. W. and D. Gartner. 2012. Reimaging participation in international institutions. Journal of International Law and International Relations 8:1-35.

Abbott, K. W., G. E. Marchant and E. A. Corley. 2012. Soft law oversight mechanisms for nanotechnology. Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology 52(3):279-312.

Biermann, F., K. W. Abbott, S. Andresen, K. Backstrand, S. Bernstein, M. M. Betsill, H. Bulkeley, B. Cashore, J. Clapp, C. Folke, S. K. Gupta, J. Gupta, P. M. Haas, N. Jordan, N. Kanie, T. Kluvankova-Oravska, L. Lebel, D. Liverman, J. Meadowcroft, R. B. Mitchell, P. Newell, S. Oberthur, L. Olsson, P. Pattberg, R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, H. Schroeder, A. Underdal, S. Camargo Vieira, C. Vogel, O. R. Young, A. Brock and R. Zondervan. 2012. Navigating the anthropocene: Improving earth system governance. Science 335(6074):1306-1307. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217255. (link )

Biermann, F., K. W. Abbott, S. Andresen, K. Backstrand, S. Bernstein, M. M. Betsill, H. Bulkeley, B. Cashore, J. Clapp, C. Folke, A. Gupta, J. Gupta, P. M. Haas, A. Jordan, N. Kanie, T. Kluvankova-Oravska, L. Lebel, D. Liverman, J. Meadowcroft, R. B. Mitchell, P. Newell, S. Oberthur, L. Olsson, P. Pattberg, R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, H. Schroeder, A. Underdal, S. Camargo Vieira, C. Vogel, O. R. Young, A. Brock and R. Zondervan. 2012. Transforming governance and institutions for global sustainability: Key insights from the Earth System Governance Project. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(2):51-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.014. (link )

2010

Abbott, K. W. and G. E. Marchant. 2010. Institutionalizing sustainability across the federal government. Sustainability 2(7):1924-1942. DOI: 10.3390/su2071924. (link )

Abbott, K. W. and D. Snidal. 2010. International regulation without international government: Improving IO performance through orchestration. Review of International Organizations 5:315-344. DOI: 10.1007/s11558-010-9092-3. (link )

Marchant, G. E., D. J. Sylvester and K. W. Abbott. 2010. New soft law approach to nanotechnology oversight: A voluntary product certification scheme. UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 28:123-152.

Books

2015

Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel and B. Zangl eds. 2015. International Organizations as Orchestrators. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781139979696.

2013

Marchant, G. E., K. W. Abbott and B. R. Allenby eds. 2013. Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA. ISBN: 978-1782545637.

Book Chapters

2018

Abbott, K. W. 2018. Orchestration: Strategic ordering in polycentric governance. Pp. 188-209 In: Jordan, A., D. Huitema, H. von Asselt and J. Forster eds., Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108418126.

2015

Abbott, K. W. 2015. Orchestration. Pp. 487-498 In: Pattberg, P. and F. Zelli eds., Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 978-1782545781.

Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel, D. Snidal and B. Zangl. 2015. Orchestrating global governance. Pp. 349-379 In: Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel, D. Snidal and B. Zangl eds., International Organizations as Orchestrators. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781139979696.

Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel, D. Snidal and B. Zangl. 2015. Orchestration. Pp. 3-36 In: Abbott, K. W., P. Genschel, D. Snidal and B. Zangl eds., International Organizations as Orchestrators. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781139979696.

2013

Abbott, K. W. 2013. Introduction: The challenges of oversight for emerging technologies. Pp. 1-18 In: Marchant, G. E., K. W. Abbott and B. R. Allenby eds., Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA. ISBN: 978-1782545637.

Abbott, K. W. 2013. Network security agreements: Communications technology governance by other means. Pp. 214-234 In: Marchant, G. E., K. W. Abbott and B. R. Allenby eds., Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA. ISBN: 978-1782545637.

Abbott, K. W. and D. Snidal. 2013. Law, legalization and politics: An agenda for the next generation of IL/IR scholars. Pp. 33-58 In: Dunoff, J. L. and M. A. Pollack eds., Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Internatonal Law and International Relations: The State of the Art. Cambridge University Press.

2012

Marchant, G. E., K. W. Abbott, D. J. Sylvester and L. M. Gulley. 2012. Transnational new govenance and the international coordination of nanotechnology oversight. In: Dana, D. ed., The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Legal Institutions for Uncertain Challenges. Cambridge University Press.

2011

Abbott, K. W. 2011. An international framework agreement on science and technological innovation and regulation. In: Marchant, G. E., B. R. Allenby and J. R. Herkert eds., The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem. Springer. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York.

2010

Abbott, K. W., D. J. Sylvester and G. E. Marchant. 2010. Transnational regulation of nanotechnology: Reality or romanticism?. Pp. 525-544 In: Hodge, G. A., D. M. Bowden and A. D. Maynard eds., International Handbook on Regulating Nanotechnologies. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. Cheltenham, UK. ISBN: 978-1848446731.

Reports

In Press

Abbott, K. W. and C. Kauffmann. The Contribution of Trans-Governmental Networks of Regulators to International Regulatory Cooperation. OECD Publishing.

2015

Abbott, K. W., H. Leuenberger, A. Marx, A. Mert and J. Soares. 2015. Networks for Prosperity: Advancing Sustainability through Partnerships - Connectedness Index 2014. United Nations Industrial Development Organization. (link )

Report Chapters

2014

Abbott, K. W. 2014. International organisations and international regulatory co-operation: Exploring the links. Pp. 17-44 International Regulatory Co-operation and International Organisations: The Cases of the OECD and the IMO. OECD Publishing. Paris, France. (link )