Chair of International Relations

Prof. Dr. Tim Büthe

Office: H.411

phone: 089/ 907793 - 100



Tim Büthe's research examines the politics of international economic relations. His work primarily focuses on (1) the role of "technical" standards in the governance of international product and financial markets, in medicine and health policy, and for consumer safety; and (2) the causes and consequences of the rapid global diffusion of competition law and policy. Other research interests include political risk analysis, focusing on foreign direct investment, and the potential and limits of private development aid. Overall, his research seeks to advance the theoretical understanding of power, stability and change in political institutions, guided by the expectation that this can ultimately yield practical insights for both public policy and the private sector, e.g. to resolve transnational conflicts and foster international cooperation.

Büthe studied primarily at Harvard University (BA 1995) and Columbia University, New York (Ph.D. 2002). Prior to joining the teaching staff at TUM in 2016 he was Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy (tenured) at Duke University (USA), having previously taught at Stanford University and Columbia University. He has held postdoctoral research appointments at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Key Publications

Tim Büthe und Walter Mattli, New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011 (japanische Übersetzung Tokyo: Chuokeizai-Sha, 2013).

Tim Büthe und Helen V. Milner, "The Politics of Foreign Direct Investment into Developing Countries: Increasing FDI through Trade Agreements?" American Journal of Political Science vol.52 no.4 (October 2008): 741-762.

Tim Büthe und Helen V. Milner, "Institutional Diversity in Trade Agreements and Their Effect on Foreign Direct Investment:  Credibility, Commitments, and Economic Flows in the Developing World, 1971-2007."  World Politics vol.66 no1. (January 2014): 88-122.

Tim Büthe, "Taking Temporality Seriously:  Modeling History and the Use of Narratives as Evidence."  American Political Science Review vol.96 no.3 (September 2002): 481-493.

Tim Büthe, Solomon Major und André de Mello e Souza, "The Politics of Private Foreign Aid: Humanitarian Principles, Economic Development Objectives, and Organizational Interests in the Allocation of Private Aid by NGOs."  International Organization vol.66 no.4 (Fall 2012): 571-607.


World Bank-OECD Global Network of Experts on Competition and Shared Prosperity: Invited individual member (seit 2015)

Non-Resident Scholar, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, Washington D.C. (seit 2015)

Science Communications Fellow, Duke University Science & Society Program and Social Science Research Institute, Fall 2014

2013 ISA Best Book Award, awarded at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association for "the best book in the field of International Studies"

2012 DAAD-AICGS Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies, awarded once every three years for "exceptional work" in the fields of Political Science and International Relations that has made "innovative contributions to the interdisciplinary scope" of German and European Studies