Benjamin Cashore

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Professor of Environmental Governance & Political Science at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


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Benjamin Cashore is Professor of Environmental Governance & Political Science at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is Director of the Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative at Yale. He is courtesy joint appointed in Yale’s Department of Political Science. Cashore’s major research interests include transnational business regulation; domestic and international regulatory policies; the emergence and evolution of non-state governance innovations; and the role of economic globalization and trade liberalization in shaping policy development among states firms, non-state actors, civil society. His ongoing research efforts are focused on understanding how the interaction of multiple-levels of governance, public and private, might evolve, in the global era, to produce durable global environmental governance and sustainability solutions. He pursues this approach through thematic efforts: policy change and policy learning; climate change as a “super wicked” problem; and the influence of globalization and transnational pathways on domestic policy processes.

Cashore was recognized in 2018 as authoring (with Bernstein) one of the most “influential articles” in Regulation and Governance from 2008-2018: “Can Non-State Global Governance be Legitimate?: An Analytical Framework”. He was awarded in 2017 the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in the Sustainable Economy. In 2014 the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s “Scientific achievement award” for his contribution to global environmental governance and policy scholarship, the 2013 “best lecturer” award by the graduate student body, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the 2005 Sprout prize for the best book on international environmental policy and politics (with Auld and Newsom) and the 2001 John McMenemy Prize for the best article to appear in the Canadian Journal of Political Science in the year 2000.