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Prof. Dr. Marco Verweij
Prof. Dr. Marco Verweij
Prof. Dr.
Professor of Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities

Campus Ring 1
Res. IV
28759 Bremen

+49 421 200-3303
m.verweij [at]
Research IV, Room 113
Research Interests: 
  • Global Governance
  • Cultural Theory
  • Social Neuroscience
University Education: 
Doctorate in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy. Degree awarded with distinction.
Master of Science degree in Politics of the World Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Doctorandus degree (Dutch Masters degree) in Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Fellowships and Awards: 
Professor of the Year-Award
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University
2004 (July)
Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
2003 (Oct.-Dec.)
Fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany.
2003 (Feb.)
Visiting Professor, Department of Political and Social Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
2002 (March-June)
Visiting Fellow, Center for Governance, UCLA.
2000 (Feb.-Oct.)
Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.
1997 (May-Aug.)
Visiting Fellow at the International Institute, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Research and Teaching Positions: 
Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Singapore Management University.
Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany.
Co-Editor, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Marco Verweij, Clumsy Solutions for a Wicked World: How to Improve Global Governance (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Marco Verweij, Transboundary Environmental Problems and Cultural Theory: The Protection of the Rhine and Great Lakes (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).
Dominique Jacquin, Andrew Oros and Marco Verweij (eds.), Culture in International Relations, special issue of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Vol. 22, No. 3, 1993).
Dominique Jacquin-Berdal, Andrew Oros and Marco Verweij (eds.), Culture in World Politics (Basingstoke/New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, 1998).
Marco Verweij and Tim Josling (eds), Deliberately Democratizing Multilateral Organization, special issue of Governance (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2003).
Marco Verweij and Steven Ney (eds), No Great Breakthroughs Have Ever Been Achieved by Taking Things Seriously: A Festschrift for Michael Thompson, special issue of Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (Vol. 17, No. 4, 2004).
Marco Verweij and Michael Thompson (eds), Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Politics and Plural Perceptions (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
Articles & Chapters
Steven Ney and Marco Verweij, "Messy Institutions for Wicked Problems: How to Generate Clumsy Solutions", Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (Vol. 33, No. 6, 2015), pp. 1679-96.

Marco Verweij, Timothy J. Senior, Juan F. Dominguez D. and Robert Turner, 'Emotion, Rationality and Decision-Making: How to Link Affective and Social Neuroscience with Social Theory', Frontiers in Neuroscience (Vol. 9, 2015), available at:

Marco Verweij and Timothy J. Senior, 'Social Theory and the Cognitive-Emotional Brain', Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Vol. 38, No. 1, 2015), pp. 42-43.

Gabriela Weber de Morais, Achim Schlüter and Marco Verweij, "Can Institutional Change Theories Contribute to the Understanding of Marine Protected Areas?", Global Environmental Change (Vol. 31, 2015), pp. 154-162.
Steven Ney and Marco Verweij, "The Upside of Messiness: Clumsy Solutions for Wicked Problems", Rotman Management: The Magazine of the Rotman School of Management, (Winter 2015).
Steven Ney and Marco Verweij (2014), "Exploring the Contributions of Cultural Theory for Improving Public Deliberation about Complex Policy Problems", Policy Studies Journal, 42(4), 620-643.
Marco Verweij, Marieke van Egmond, Ulrich Kuehnen, Shenghua Luan, Steven Ney, and M. Aenne Schoop, "I Disagree, Therefore I Am: How to Test and Strengthen Cultural Versatility", Innovation (Vol. 27, 2014), DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2014.904743.
Marco Verweij, "Wicked Problems, Clumsy Solutions and Messy Institutions in Transnational Governance", in Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich (eds), The Problem-Solving Capacity of the Modern State: Government Challenges and Administrative Capacities (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the Hertie School of Governance, 2014).
Christoph Engel, Michael Thompson and Marco Verweij, "Postscript: The Future of Clumsiness", in Mary Douglas, Cultures and Crises: Understanding Risk and Resolution (London: Sage, 2013).
Dominique Jacquin, Andrew Oros and Marco Verweij, "Culture in International Relations: An Introduction to the Special Issue", Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Vol. 22, No. 3, 1993), pp. 375-77.
Marco Verweij, "Cultural Theory and the Study of International Relations", Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Vol. 24, No. 1, 1995), pp. 87-111.
Marco Verweij, "Developing the Cultural Analysis of Mary Douglas", Government & Opposition (Vol. 32, No. 3, 1997), pp. 421-30.
Marco Verweij, Andrew Oros, Dominique Jacquin-Berdal, "Culture in World Politics: An Introduction". Chapter 1 from Jacquin-Berdal et. al. (1998).
Marco Verweij, "Whose Behavior Is Affected by International Anarchy?", in Michael Thompson, Gunnar Grendstad and Per Selle (eds.), Cultural Theory as Political Science (London: Routledge, 1999), chapter 2.
Marco Verweij, "A Watershed on the Rhine: Changing Approaches to International Environmental Cooperation", GeoJournal: An International Journal on Human Geography and Environmental Sciences (Vol. 47, No. 3, 1999), pp. 453-61.
Marco Verweij, "Why Is the River Rhine Cleaner than the Great Lakes (Despite Looser Regulation)?", Law & Society Review (Vol. 34, No. 4, 2000), pp. 1007-54.
Marco Verweij, "Rejoinder: Eight Misrepresentations and a Confession", Law & Society Review (Vol. 36, No. 1, 2002), pp. 199-202.
Marco Verweij, "Deliberately Democratizing Multilateral Organization", Governance (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2003), pp. 1-21.
Marco Verweij, "Curbing Global Warming the Easy Way: An Alternative to the Kyoto Protocol", Government & Opposition (Vol. 38, No. 2, 2003), pp. 139-61.
Marco Verweij, "The Competitiveness of Renewable Energy", Science Online (dEbates Section), (24 April 2003).
Mary Douglas, Michael Thompson and Marco Verweij, “Is Time Running out? The Case of Global Warming”, Dædelus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Vol. 132, No. 1, 2003), pp. 98-107.
Marco Verweij, “International Regulation as Creative Destruction”, in Adrienne Héritier, Michael Stolleis and Fritz W. Scharpf (eds), European and International Regulation after the Nation State: Different Scopes and Multiple Levels (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2004).
Marco Verweij, “Appendix to Douglas: Cultural Theory and Development Studies”, Culture and Public Action: How Cultural Factors Affect an Unequal World, edited by Vijayendra Rao and Michael Walton (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press for the World Bank, 2004).
Marco Verweij, “Michael Thompson’s Contributions to Making Social Science More Social and Scientific”, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (Vol. 17, No. 4, 2004), pp. 271-87.
Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij and Richard J. Ellis, “Why and How Culture Matters”, in Robert Goodin and Charles Tilly (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Marco Verweij and Dipak Gyawali, “Against More Aid: Why Development Assistance Should Not Be Tripled”, Harvard International Review (Vol. 27, No. 4, 2006), pp. 26-30.
Marco Verweij, Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis, Christoph Engel, Frank Hendriks, Susanne Lohmann, Steven Ney, Steve Rayner and Michael Thompson, “Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: The Case of Climate Change”, Public Administration (Vol. 84, No. 4, 2006), pp. 817-43.
Marco Verweij, Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis, Christoph Engel, Frank Hendriks, Susanne Lohmann, Steven Ney, Steve Rayner and Michael Thompson, “The Case for Clumsiness”, in Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World.
Marco Verweij, “Is the Kyoto Protocol Merely Irrelevant, or Positively Harmful, to the Efforts to Curb Climate Change?”, in Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World.
Marco Verweij, Michael Thompson and Christoph Engel, “Clumsy Conclusions: How to Do Research and Policy in a Complex World”, in Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World.
Marco Verweij, “Four Wrongs Can Make a Right: From Stocks of Social Capital to Competing Ways of Life”, Politics & Policy (Vol. 35, No. 3, 2007), pp. 464-95.
Marco Verweij, “Towards a Theory of Constrained Relativism: Comparing and Combining the Work of Pierre Bourdieu, Mary Douglas and Michael Thompson, and Alan Fiske”, Sociological Research Online (Vol. 12, No. 4, 2007),
Marco Verweij and Riccardo Pelizzo, “Singapore: Does Authoritarianism Pay?”, Journal of Democracy (Vol. 20, No. 2, 2009), pp. 18-32.
Marco Verweij, “Is International Customary Law Coordinated, Constructed or Contested? Comment”, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (Vol. 165, No. 1, 2009), pp. 95-98.
Marco Verweij, ‘How to Curb Global Warming after "Hopenhagen" and "Climate-Gate"’, Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2010), pp. 99-118.

Marco Verweij, Shenghua Luan and Mark Nowacki, 'How to Test Cultural Theory: Suggestions for Future Research', PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2011): 745-48.