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dr. L.W. (Luc) Fransen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B8.19
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Bio

    Luc Fransen is Associate Professor of International Relations. He is the Director of the Master Programmes of Political Science and Conflict Resolution and Governance and member of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) Research Group as well as the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance Research Group. He received his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in 2010 and has held research and teaching positions at the European University Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS ), Yale University, Leiden University and the Amsterdam Institute for International Development.

    Research

    Luc Fransen's research interests include the politics of Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainable development in global supply chains, private standard-setting, transnational civil society activism and international organizations. His most recent book Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Labor Standards: Firms and Activists in the Making of Private Regulation (paperback version available from Routledge) analyzes the evolution of, business demand for and competition between transnational private labor standard organizations. Next to that, his work has been published in various international journals, including Governance, Socio-Economic Review, Review of International Political Economy, Regulation & Governance, Policy Sciences, Global Networks, Ecological Economics, Organization, British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Business and Society, and Journal of Business Ethics.

    Ongoing Projects

    1. Interactions among transnational private sustainability standard organizations in agriculture

    This project performs social network analysis of personal and organizational linkages among private standard organizations and uses qualitative insights to gauge the degree to which private standard organizations are able to tackle coordination problems in the supply chains of multinational companies focused on agricultural commodities. Output includes collaborative work with Graeme Auld, Thomas Conzelmann, Ans Kolk, and Jelmer Schalk.

    2. The comparative and international political economy of public-private labor standard interactions

    This project looks at the degree to which the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility activities for promoting labor standards and public policy instruments for promoting and protecting labor standards are related. My contributions involve study with Brian Burgoon of civil society organization advocacy on, consumer attitudes towards and variety in non-state initiatives for labor-standards protection in the EU and beyond.

    3. Transnational Advocacy Networks and the challenge of anti-NGO regulation

    This project investigates the degree to which the rise of anti-NGO regulation in several emerging economies affects the organization of cross-border advocacy by big international NGOs.

    Teaching

    Luc has teaching experience in the subfields of International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Social Science Methodology.

    In 2018-2019, Luc will teach a Bachelor elective on Corporate Responsibility.

  • Publications

    International ISI-ranked peer-reviewed journal articles:

    • Schleifer, P., Fiorini, M., & Fransen, L. 2019. Missing the Bigger Picture: A Population-level Analysis of Transnational Private Governance Organizations Active in the Global South. Ecological Economics, 164, 106362.
    • Fransen, L., Schalk, J., Kok, M., Voora, V., Potts, J., Joosten, M., Schleifer, P. & Auld, G. 2019. Biodiversity Protection through Networks of Voluntary Sustainability Standard Organizations? Sustainability, 10(12), 4379, https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/12/4379.
    • Fransen, L. W., & LeBaron, G. 2018. Big Audit Firms as Regulatory Intermediaries in Transnational Labor Governance. Regulation & Governance. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12224 
    • Fransen, L. 2018. Beyond regulatory governance? On the evolutionary trajectory of transnational private sustainability governance. Ecological Economics.
    • Fransen, L., J. Schalk and G. Auld. 2018. Community Structure and the Behavior of Transnational Sustainability Governors: Towards a Multi-Relational Approach. Regulation & Governance.
    • Fransen, L. and B. Burgoon. 2017. Public and Private Labor Standards Policy in the Global Economy. Global Policy, DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12406.
    • Burgoon, B. and L. Fransen. 2017. Support for Ethical Consumerism and Welfare States in the Global Economy: Complements or Substitutes? Global Policy,  DOI 10.1111/1758-5899.12407.
    • Burgoon, B. and L. Fransen. 2017. Might Corporate Social Responsibility Hollow-out Public Assistance in Europe? British Journal of Industrial Relations, DOI 10.1111/bjir.12227.
    •  Fransen, L., J. Schalk and G. Auld. 2016. Work ties beget community? Assessing interactions among transnational private governance organizations in sustainable agriculture. Global Networks, https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12097.
    • Fransen, L. 2015. The politics of meta-governance in transnational private sustainability governance. Policy Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s11077-015-9219-8.
    •  Fransen, L. and T. Conzelmann. 2015. Fragmented or cohesive transnational private regulation of sustainability standards? A comparative study. Regulation & Governance. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12055.
    • Fransen, L. and B. Burgoon. 2015. Global labor standard advocacy by European Civil Society Organizations: Trends and developments. British Journal of Industrial Relations. DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12017.
    • Fransen, L. and Burgoon, B. 2014. Privatizing or socializing Corporate Responsibility? Business & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0007650313475784.
    • Fransen, L. 2013. The embeddedness of responsible business practice: Exploring the interaction between national-institutional environments and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1395-2. 
    • Fransen, L. 2012. Multi-stakeholder governance and voluntary programme interactions. Socio-Economic Review, 10:1, pp. 163-192.
    • Fransen, L. and Burgoon, B. 2012. A market for worker rights: Explaining business support for international private labour regulation. Review of International Political Economy, 19 (2): 236 -266.
    •  Fransen, L. 2011. Why do private governance organizations not converge? A political-institutional analysis of transnational labor standards regulation. Governance, 24:2, pp. 359-387.
    • Kocer, R. G. and Fransen, L. 2009. Codes of conduct and the promise of a change of climate in worker organization. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 15:3, pp. 237-256.
    •  Fransen, L. and Kolk, A. 2007. Global rule-setting for business: A critical analysis of multi-stakeholder standards. Organization, 14:5, pp. 667-684.

     

     

    Monograph:

    • Fransen, L. 2012 (paperback version 2015). Corporate Social Responsibility and global labor standards: Firms and activists in the making of private regulation. New York: Routledge.

     

     

    PhD thesis:

    • Fransen, L. May 20 2010. Minding their own business? Firms and activists in the making of private labour regulation. PhD Thesis, University of Amsterdam

     

    Policy research report: 

     

    • Fransen L. and D. de Winter. 2015. The effectiveness of policy influencing, lobby and advocacy on Corporate Social Responsibility: Three case studies of PILA activities promoting global labor standards. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking en Beleidsevaluatie). Forthcoming.

     

     

    Chapters in edited volumes:

    • Fransen, L. 2013. Global companies in the private regulation of global labor standards. In Mikler J. (ed.), Global Policy Handbooks: Global Companies. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 437-454.
    • Fransen, L. 2006. Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen: pressie op bedrijven [Corporate Social Responsibility: pressure on corporations]. In Tonkens, E., M. , Ham en J. Uitermark (eds.), Handboek Moraliseren [Handbook of Applying Norms], Amsterdam: Van Gennep, pp. 138-151.

     

     

    National non-refereed academic journals:

    • Fransen, L. 2012. Multi-stakeholderbestuur en Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen [ Multi-Stakeholder Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility]. Res Publica, 54: 2, pp. 257-261.

     

     

    Working paper

     

     

    Review essay

    • Fransen, L. Neo-liberal globalism and social sustainable globalization. 2008. Contemporary Sociology, 7:4, pp. 497-499.

     

     

    Selected invited lectures and conference presentations

    ·         Fransen, L. 2013. Transnational Public-Private Regimes: A political economic perspective. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, April 3 2013.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2012. The politics of meta-standard setting in transnational sustainability governance. Prepared for the American Political Science Association Annual Conference New Orleans, August 30 2012.

    ·         Fransen, L. and T. Conzelmann. 2012. Fragmented or uniform transnational voluntary regulation of sustainability standards? A comparative study. Presented at the ECPR Regulation and Governance Bi-Annual Conference, University of Exeter, June 29 2012.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2012. Global companies in the private regulation of global labor standards. Presented at Penn State University Global Worker Rights Workshop, March 27 2012.

    ·         Fransen, L. and B. Burgoon. 2012. Global labor standard advocacy by European Civil Society Organizations: Trends and developments. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego, March 30 2012.

    ·         Fransen, 2011. The embeddedness of responsible business practice: National institutions and Corporate Social Responsibility. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Madrid, June 2011.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2011. Multi-stakeholder governance and business driven programs in Corporate Social Responsibility. Private Governance and its Global Implementation workshop, Freie Universitat Berlin, February 4-5 2011.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2010. Are business-driven programs becoming multi-stakeholder governed? Lecture at the Centre for Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School, November 2010.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2008 . Understanding patterns of business support in private governance. Lecture at the Political Science Seminar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), April 2008.

    ·         Fransen, L. 2008. Dynamics of private regulatory competition. Lecture at the Global Governance Seminar of the Yale School of Management, Yale University, March 2008.

  • Publications

    2019

    2018

    • Burgoon, B., & Fransen, L. (2018). Might Corporate Social Responsibility Hollow Out Support for Public Assistance in Europe? British Journal of Industrial Relations, 56(1), 128-163. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12227 [details]
    • Fransen, L. (2018). Beyond Regulatory Governance? On the Evolutionary Trajectory of Transnational Private Sustainability Governance. Ecological Economics, 146, 772-777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.01.005 [details]
    • Fransen, L. W., Schalk, J., & Auld, G. (2018). Community structure and the behavior of transnational sustainability governors: Toward a multi‐relational approach. Regulation & Governance. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12185
    • Fransen, L., Schalk, J., Kok, M., Voora, V., Potts, J., Joosten, M., ... Auld, G. (2018). Biodiversity Protection through Networks of Voluntary Sustainability Standard Organizations? Sustainability, 10(12), [4379]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124379 [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Fransen, L., Schalk, J., & Auld, G. (2016). Work ties beget community? Assessing interactions among transnational private governance organizations in sustainable agriculture. Global Networks, 16(1), 45-67. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12097 [details]

    2015

    2014

    2013

    • Fransen, L. (2013). The embeddedness of responsible business practice: exploring the interaction between national-institutional environments and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(2), 213-227. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1395-2 [details]

    2012

    • Fransen, L. (2012). Corporate social responsibility and global labor standards: firms and activists in the making of private regulation. (Routledge studies in international business and the world economy; No. 52). New York, NY [etc.]: Routledge. [details]
    • Fransen, L. (2012). Multi-stakeholder governance and voluntary programme interactions: legitimation politics in the institutional design of Corporate Social Responsibility. Socio-Economic Review, 10(1), 163-192. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwr029 [details]
    • Fransen, L., & Burgoon, B. (2012). A market for worker rights: explaining business support for international private labour regulation. Review of International Political Economy, 19(2), 236-266. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2011.552788 [details]

    2011

    • Fransen, L. (2011). Why do private governance organizations not converge? A political-institutional analysis of transnational labor standards regulation. Governance: an international journal of policy, administration and institutions, 24(2), 359-387. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0491.2011.01519.x [details]

    2009

    2013

    2012

    • Fransen, L. (2012). Multi-stakeholderbestuur en Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen: legitimatiestrategieën in de private regulering van transnationale arbieds- en milieustandaarden. Res Publica, 54(2), 257-260. [details]

    2011

    • Fransen, L. (2011). Global labor standards and the EU's Generalized System of Preferences. Amsterdam: Clean Clothes Campaign.

    2018

    • Hoekman, B., Schleifer, P., Fiorini, M., Fransen, L., & Gjaltema, J. (2018). VSS, Trade and Sustainable Development. In S. Fernandez de Cordoba, & B. Onguglo (Eds.), Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Trade and Sustainable Development: 3rd Flagship Report of the united Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) (pp. 1-37). United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards. [details]

    2012

    • Fransen, L. W., & Burgoon, B. M. (2012). Global labor-standards advocacy by European Civil Society Organizations: trends and developments. Abstract from Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, .

    Media appearance

    • Fransen, L. W. (31-12-2014). BNR [Radio]. BNR.
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