Luc Fransen

University of Amsterdam

Luc Fransen is Associate Professor of International Relations 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. Luc Fransen's research focuses on the global organization of production, and the regulation of worker rights, human rights and environmental sustainability in global supply chains. He is also interested in the transnational organization of civil society activism. Empirical cases include countries in Europe, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Luc Fransen and Natalie J. Langford

Building legitimacy in an era of polycentric trade: the case of transnational sustainability governance

Increasing multi‐polarity within global politics is understood to be a key contributor to the current legitimacy crisis facing global governance organisations. International relations scholars studying this crisis recognise that a prominent strategy to confront “Northern” dominance within this...

Philip Schleifer and Luc Fransen

Towards a Smart Mix 2.0? Understanding Political Dynamics of Heterogeneity and Integration in Sustainable Supply Chain Governance

Philip Schleifer and Luc Fransen

Towards a Smart Mix 2.0 – Harnessing Regulatory Heterogeneity for Sustainable Global Supply Chains

Over the past three decades, efforts to address human rights and environmental risks in global supply chains have spurred a plethora of industry self-regulation, third-party certification schemes, voluntary due diligence guidelines, and mandatory supply chain regulations. The resulting heterogeneity...

Luc Fransen, Ans Kolk, and Miguel Rivera-Santos

The multiplicity of international corporate social responsibility standards

This paper aims to examine the multiplicity of corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards, explaining its nature, dynamics and implications for multinational enterprises (MNEs) and international business (IB), especially in the context of CSR and global value chain (GVC) governance. This analys...

Merel Serdijn, Ans Kolk, Luc Fransen

Uncovering missing links in global value chain research – and implications for corporate social responsibility and international business

Amidst burgeoning attention for global value chains (GVCs) in international business (IB), this paper aims to identify a clear “missing link” in this literature and discusses implications for research and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy-making and implementation. Because IB GVC rese...

Luc Fransen, Kendra Dupuy, Marja Hinfelaar, and Sultan Mohammed Zakaria Mazumder

Tempering Transnational Advocacy? The Effect of Repression and Regulatory Restriction on Transnational NGO Collaborations

This paper examines through qualitative study the effect of government regulatory restriction and repression on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaging in transnational advocacy. The focus is on NGO’s advocacy activities, in the realm of human rights, environment, labor and development in p...

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