Contact info:
Washington University in St. Louis 
Department of Sociology
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1112
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Tim Bartley 
Department of Sociology
Washington University in St. Louis


Areas of specialization

Political Sociology—Transnational Governance, Regulation, Social Movements


Economic and Organizational Sociology—Institutional theory, Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Global Political Economy and Governance


Environmental and Sustainability Standards


Labor and Labor Standards



Course Materials

Sociol 8580--Issues in Contemporary Theory: Power and Social Order (graduate level) 

Sociol 7884.11--Economic Sociology (graduate level)

Sociol 3460--Environmental Justice

Sociol 3597.01--World Problems in Global Context

S410--Consumers, Corporations, and Capitalism

S510--Introduction to Social Organization (graduate level)

S371--Statistics for Sociology

S660--Conflict, Change, and Institutions (graduate seminar)



SSRC "Governing Global Production" project

Indiana University “Framing the Global” project

Virtual Issue:  Economic Sociology in Regulation & Governance


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New Book:

Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy.  Oxford University Press, 2018.


Excerpts available here.

Advance reviews:

"Bartley brings together factory workers and forests in China and Indonesia in an elegant comparative design that combines careful empirical grounding with analytical breadth and sophistication. Rules without Rights is a signal accomplishment and a significant step forward for the literature on the interaction of transnational governance and state regulation." - Peter Evans, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

"This book provides a major contribution to analysis of the failure of private rules on sustainability and labour standards in global production networks. It provides a critical way forward through 're-centering' the state in the public and private governance of land and labour rights in a global economy." - Stephanie Barrientos, Professor of Global Development, University of Manchester.

"In Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy, Tim Bartley explores the role of private regulators, serving global consumers, in promoting forestry sustainability and labor standards in both China and Indonesia. The evidence is dark and disturbing. Private regulators are frequently misled by forest and factory managers who bluff, delay, and lie. In the end, private regulators often do little to promote sustainability or human rights, and are no more effective than national regulators who serve local masters. Rules without Rights establishes an ambitious new research agenda for students of modern, transnational, capitalism." - Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.


Selected articles and chapters

"Transnational Corporations and Global GovernanceAnnual Review of Sociology 44:145-165. (2018)

"Shaming the Corporation: The Social Production of Targets and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement" (with Curtis Child).  American Sociological Review 79(4):653-679. (2014)

        Coverage in Stanford Social Innovation ReviewThe Society Pages

"Institutional Emergence in an Era of Globalization:  The Rise of Transnational Private Regulation of Labor and Environmental Conditions."  American Journal of Sociology 113(2):297-351.  (2007)

"Beyond Decoupling:  Unions and the Leveraging of Corporate Social Responsibility in Indonesia(with Niklas Egels-Zanden).  Socio-Economic Review 14(2):231-255. (2016)

"How Foundations Shape Social Movements: The Construction of an Organizational Field and the Rise of Forest Certification."  Social Problems 54(3):229-255. (2007)

"Transnational Governance and the Re-centered State: Sustainability or Legality?Regulation & Governance 8(1):93-109.  (2014)

Movements, Markets, and Fields: The Effects of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns on U.S. Firms, 1993-2000” (with Curtis Child).  Social Forces 90(2):425-451. (2011)

"Responsibility and Neglect in Global Production Networks: The Uneven Significance of Codes of Conduct in Indonesian Factories" (with Niklas Egels-Zanden).  Global Networks 15:S21-44. (2015)

Transnational Governance as the Layering of Rules: Intersections of Public and Private Standards.”  Theoretical Inquiries in Law 12(2):25-51. (2011)

"Organizations, Regulation, and Economic Behavior: Regulatory Dynamics and Forms from the 19th to 21st Century (with Marc Schneiberg)  Annual Review of Law & Social Science, vol. 4. (2008)

Global Production and the Puzzle of Rules.” In Framing the Globaled. by Hilary Kahn.  Indiana University Press. (2014)


Transnational Private Regulation in Practice: The Limits of Forest and Labor Standards Certification in Indonesia.” Business & Politics vol.112, iss.3:article 7 (2010)

"Communities of Practice as Cause and Consequence of Transnational Governance: The Evolution of Social and Environmental Certification” (with Shawna Smith). In Transnational Communities: Shaping Global Economic Governance, edited by Marie-Laure Djelic and Sigrid Quack, Cambridge University Press. (2010)

"Regulating or Redesigning Finance? Market Architectures, Normal Accidents, and Dilemmas of Regulatory Reform" (with Marc Schneiberg). Research on the Sociology of Organizations 30A:281-307. (More info) (2010)

China and Global Labor Standards: Making Sense of Factory Certification.” (with Lu Zhang).  In China and Global Governance, ed. by Scott Kennedy.  Routledge. (2017)

"The Mobility of Industries and the Limits of CSR: Labor Codes of Conduct in Indonesian Factories" (with Doug Kincaid).  In Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World:  Global Dynamics and Local Practices, edited by Kiyoteru Tsutsui and Alwyn Lim.  Cambridge University Press. (2015)

"Standards for Sweatshops: The Power and Limits of Club Theory for Explaining Voluntary Labor Standards Programs". In Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Approach, edited by Matthew Potoski and Aseem Prakash, MIT Press. (2009)

Corporate Accountability and the Privatization of Labor Standards: Struggles over Codes of Conduct in the Apparel Industry.”  Research in Political Sociology 14:211-244. (2005)

First book:

Looking Behind the Label: Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer (with Sebastian Koos, Hiram Samel, Gustavo Setrini, and Nik Summers).  Indiana University Press, 2015.  


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