David Vogel

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise:
  • Environment
  • Food & Drug Regulation
  • Economic Growth & Innovation

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About David

Vogel’s research has focused on the politics of consumer and environmental regulation in the United States, in other countries, and globally. He has also written on the challenges and limits of global corporate responsibility and has spoken extensively on this subject to academic, student and professional audiences around the world.



Trading Up: Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 1995).
Examines the often conflicting but at times mutually supportive relationship between trade liberalization and government regulation.
The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility (Brookings Institution Press, 2005, paperback 2006).
Critically describes and critically assesses the impact of the movement for global corporate social responsibility on improving corporate practices with respect to labor conditions, environmental protection and human rights.
The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press, 2012).
Describes and explains why consumer and environmental regulation in Europe became more stringent and innovative than in the United States after 1990.

In the News

David Vogel quoted on environmental protection in Kathleen Maclay, "How the Golden State Got So Green" UC Berkley News, September 14, 2015.