Helge Jörgens

Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science

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Helge's current research focuses on comparative and international environmental politics, new modes of international and domestic environmental governance, cross-national policy transfer and diffusion, the role and influence of international public administrations in international politics, and the ecological transformation of individual lifestyles as a form of morality politics.

Jörgens, Helge, Nina Kolleck and Barbara Saerbeck 2016. Exploring the hidden influence of international treaty secretariats: using social network analysis to analyse the Twitter debate on the ‘Lima Work Programme on Gender’, Journal of European Public Policy 23 (7), 979–998.
Abstract: While there is little doubt that international public administrations (IPAs) exert autonomous influence on international policy outputs, scholars struggle with the problem of how to measure this influence. Established methods for assessing political influence are of limited use when focusing on international bureaucracies. The main reason is that IPAs do not explicitly state their policy preferences. Instead, they tend to present themselves as neutral administrators, aiming to facilitate intergovernmental agreement. They normally act ‘behind the scenes’. We propose social network analysis (SNA) as an alternative method for assessing the hidden influence of international treaty secretariats. SNA infers influence from an actor’s relative position in issue-specific communication networks. We illustrate the application and usefulness of this method in a case study on the role of the United Nations climate secretariat in a policy-oriented Twitter debate on incorporating gender issues into the global climate policy regime.
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2016.1162836
Busch, Per-Olof and Helge Jörgens. 2012. "Europeanization through Diffusion? Renewable Energy Policies and Alternative Sources for European Convergence". Francesc Morata and Israel Solorio Sandoval, eds. European Energy Policy: An Environmental Approach (pp. 66-84). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Abstract: This chapter explores the main driving forces as well as the barriers of a greater promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources (RES) in the EU member states; it proceeds as follows. We first present three modes of international policy coordination. Then we examine the spread of mandatory FIT and green certificate systems in the EU and link it to the three mechanisms of international policy coordination. Next we discuss interactions in the proliferation of different RES policies in the EU. Finally, we draw some tentative conclusions on the role of policy diffusion as a Europeanization mechanism. Overall, the chapter shows that diffusion - that is processes of voluntary imitation and learning among governments - has played a major role in the Europeanization of domestic RES policies.
URL: http://goo.gl/QuATMc
Solorio, Israel, Eva Öller and Helge Jörgens. 2014. 'The German Energy Transition in the Context of the EU Renewable Energy Policy'. Achim Brunnengräber and Maria Rosaria Di Nucci,eds., Im Hürdenlauf zur Energiewende. Von Transformationen, Reformen und Innovationen (pp. 189-200). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Abstract: The energy transition or Energiewende is a main topic in German politics. Not only is it a core project of the Merkel coalition government, but it is also a matter that, in general terms, generates a cross-party consensus (Jänicke 2011: 131). The Energiewende has been supported across time by different government coalitions, involving all the main political parties in Germany It also captures the broad public attention, showing strong levels of support among the German population. In May 2014, thousands of people took the streets across different cities in Germany supporting the project for an energy transition based on renewable energies sources (RES) and against any nuclear or fracking developments in the country.
URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-658-06788-5_12
Busch, Per-Olof and Helge Jörgens. 2012. "Governance by Diffusion: Exploring a New Mechanism of International Policy Coordination". James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle and Audun Ruud, eds. Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development: Moving Beyond the Impasse? (pp. 221-248). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Abstract: In this chapter we seek to add a new perspective to the growing body of diffusion research by exploring systematically the aptitude of diffusion as a distinct mode of international policy coordination, its functioning and its relative importance compared with other, more centralized steering mechanisms. Even before the spectacular failure of the world climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009, we can observe a rapidly growing scholarly as well as practical interest in alternative forms or international policy coordination that go beyond multilateral cooperation or environmental 'summitry'. Against this background, and by systematically exploring the empirical link between policy diffusion and international governance, we argue that paying greater attention to the governance potential of diffusion processes can help policymakers to move 'beyond the impasse' of formal negotiations and develop alternative or supplementary forms of international environmental policy coordination that could be used more consciously in the future.
URL: http://www.academia.edu/2423400/Governance_by_Diffusion_Implementing_Global_Norms_Through_Cross-National_Imitation_and_Learning
Dingwerth, Klaus and Helge Jörgens. 2014. "Environmental Risks and the Changing Interface of Domestic and International Governance". Stephan Leibfried, Frank Nullmeier, Evelyne Huber, Matthew Lange, Jonah Levy and John Stephens, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Transformation of the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Abstract: The chapter investigates how different types of state transformations play out in one major field, environmental policy-making. While the public goods character of transboundary environmental problems might lead us to expect weaker levels of privatization and stronger levels of internationalization, many environment-related state activities began to unfold only in the 1960s when some of the major state transformations discussed in this Handbook set in. As a result, we might expect historical path dependencies that obstruct, divert, or channel transformative forces to be weaker in the environmental realm. The processes studied in this chapter suggest a mixed picture in regard to both assumptions: The state remains central even in an age of (growing) ecological interdependence, but its role in addressing environmental risks has changed in response to the internationalization and privatization of environmental governance.
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199691586.013.18
Jörgens, Helge, Andrea Lenschow and Duncan Liefferink, eds. 2014. Understanding Environmental Policy Convergence: The Power of Words, Rules and Money. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Abstract: Over recent decades national environmental policies have become increasingly alike. This book analyses the driving forces of this process of policy convergence, providing an in-depth empirical analysis of the international forces at work. It does so by investigating how four countries - France, Hungary, Mexico and the Netherlands - have shaped their domestic environmental policies in the context of international institutions and relationships, while taking into account various domestic factors and national conditions. Employing a qualitative approach, the authors seek to deepen understanding of the processes and mechanisms through which international forces such as legal harmonisation, institutionalised information flows and global trade dynamics affect domestic environmental policy change. Together with its companion volume Environmental Policy Convergence in Europe: The Impact of Trade and International Institutions (2008) this book provides a 'showcase' of mixed methodologies, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches in an innovative way.
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/comparative-politics/understanding-environmental-policy-convergence-power-words-rules-and-money

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Governance SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY