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David J. Vogel - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

David J. Vogel David J. Vogel

Solomon P. Lee Chair Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics | Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department | Editor, California Management Review | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley




Areas of Expertise (5)

Environmental Politics and Policy

Global Corporate Social Responsibility

History of Regulatory Policy Innovation in California

Politics of Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulation

Consumer and Environmental Regulation in the Global Economy


David Vogel is the Solomon Lee Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics at Berkeley Haas and Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He has written extensively on both environmental management and government regulation.

In 2017, he received the Elinor Ostrom Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the study of environmental policy. His latest book "California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader" (Princeton University Press, 2018) is the first comprehensive history of California's leadership and innovation in environmental regulation. Other books include: "The Politics of Precaution: Regulating, Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States" (Princeton University Press, 2012); "Global Challenges in Responsible Business" (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and "The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility" (Brookings, 2005).

Since 1982, Vogel has served as editor of Berkeley Haas management journal, The California Management Review. He has taught classes and lectured on environment management in the U.S., Europe and Asia.



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The Business Community's Role in California's Environmental Movements


Education (2)

Princeton University: PhD, Politics

Queens College, City University of New York: BA, Political Science

Honors & Awards (5)

Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award

International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

The Politics of Precaution, Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize

International Political Science Association

The Politics of Precaution, Best Book Award

Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, Academy of Management

Faculty Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement

Business and Society Program, Aspen Institute

The Market for Virtue: Best Book Award

Social Issues Division, Academy of Management

Selected External Service & Affiliations (8)

  • 1982 - present, Editor, California Management Review
  • 2009 – present, International Research Fellow, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
  • Associate editor, Regulation and Governance, 2009 – 2011; Executive board, 2011- present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Policy History, Business and Politics, Journal of Public Affairs, Labor History, Ethique. Journal of Risk Research
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Italian Center for Corporate Responsibilty
  • Member, Advisory Committee, International Network of Research on Organizations and Sustainable Development, France
  • American Political Science Association: Trust and Development Board (2010-2012); elected Council Member (2004-2006); ,Gladys M. Krammerer Award Committee (1986); Best Paper Award Committee (1990); James Madison Award Committee (1991); Harold D. Lasswell Award Committee (2000); Hubert Humphrey Award Committee (2003)
  • Moderator, Aspen Institute Seminars, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009

Positions Held (2)

At Haas since 1973

2016 - present, Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UC Berkeley
2009 – 2015, Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics
1984 – present, Professor, Haas School of Business

Visiting Positions

European University Institute
Hebrew University
London Business School
Stanford University
Bren School, U.C. Santa Barbara

Media Appearances (11)

Kochs downplay politics to find common ground in liberal Silicon Valley

Bloomberg  online


Koch Disruptive Technologies is trying to tell Silicon Valley that there's more to the Koch family than conservative politics. But Prof. David Vogel, Solomon P. Lee Chair Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics, said it wouldn’t be unreasonable for a startup to think twice about taking funds from any group whose hallmark positions are against their own ethos. “If you’re concerned they use their resources in ways you disagree with, if your company does well, you’ll be contributing more to those resources,” he said.

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California Greenin'

No Jargon (audio link)  radio


In face of ongoing environmental threats, California has taken big steps to protect nature and wildlife. Prof. David Vogel, Solomon P. Lee Chair in Business Ethics, lays out California’s history as an environmental leader, how it plans to continue its green streak, and what other states - and the federal government - can learn from California’s policy innovation.

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Heavy hitters on climate change converge on San Francisco, with Gov. Jerry Brown as host



Much of the California's conservation achievements have been driven by business advocacy, according to David Vogel. “The state has carved out a leadership role on climate issues, but influential business leaders have historically supported much of that."

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Opinion: The Trump administration wants to end California's role as an environmental innovator

Los Angeles Times  


The Trump Administration says its plan will save manufacturers and consumers money, writes Prof. Emeritus David Vogel. Opponents dispute that claim and say it will increase greenhouse gas pollution.

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Why California goes its own way on the environment



"I think the rollback of fuel economy standards would be a disaster nationally, and challenging California’s exemption would go against the broad thrust of public policies since 1967," said Prof. Emeritus David Vogel.

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David Vogel on California Greenin’

Princeton University Press  online


Prof. Emeritus David Vogel, Solomon P. Lee Chair in Business Ethics, said he wrote his book, "California Greenin" to answer the question of why California has long been the nation’s ‘greenest’ state.

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How California turned green into gold

San Francisco Chronicle  


As the Trump administration moves to roll back more environmental regulations, Prof. Emeritus David Vogel, writes that California has been on the cutting edge of environmental innovation throughout its history, protecting its coasts, restricting oil drilling, curbing greenhouse gas emissions. It has also been the nation’s richest state since 1971.

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The Tipping Point: Can American Institutions Be Saved?

California Magazine  online


“At the national level there’s a lot of horrible damage being done,” says Haas School of Business and political science professor emeritus David Vogel. “Conceivably, much of that could be turned around with a new administration, but you’d still have significant impacts for the next three years [remaining of Trump’s current term]. Also, some of the damage could be irrevocable. Action we take or don’t take now on climate change, for example, may have permanent consequences.”...

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In Trump era, US automakers seek balance between jobs, profits

The Christian Science Monitor  online


'“I can’t see them making any real changes,” explains David Vogel, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, in a phone interview with The Christian Science Monitor. “At the margin, they may do a few things.”'

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Trump has a great opportunity to save our environment

The Hill  online


'We are not blind to the existence of some burdensome and ineffective environmental regulations, and we recognize the need for some reassessment. For the most part, however, the benefit of existing regulations has far exceeded the cost. The nonpartisan federal Office of Management and Budget has calculated that the rules imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the decade ending 2012 yielded benefits 10 times their costs—a ratio better than all of the other federal agencies they reviewed.'

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What You Need to Know About Socially Responsible Investing

Inc.  online


'Be aware that some socially responsible funds charge higher fees than many traditional funds. And there's the question of whether any individual's targeted investing really makes a difference, by pressuring companies to improve labor, management, or environmental practices. David J. Vogel, a professor emeritus in business ethics at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, is skeptical: "The number of social investors is too small to affect share prices," he says.'

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Selected Papers & Publications (10)

California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader Princeton University Press

David Vogel

April 2018

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Global Trade Linkages: National Security and Human Security Linking Trade and Security; Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States,

David Vogel, Vinod Aggarwal, and Kristi Govella


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The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States Princeton University Press

David Vogel


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Two and One-Half Cheers for Conscious Capitalism California Management Review

David Vogel and James O’Toole


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Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California Edward Elgar Publishing

Edited by David Vogel and S and Johan Swinnen


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Global Challenges in Responsible Business Cambridge University Press

Edited by David Vogel, Craig Smith, C.B. Bhattacherya, David Levine)


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What’s the Beef? The Contested Governance of European Food Safety MIT Press

Edited by Christopher Ansell and David Vogel


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The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility Brookings Institution Press,

David Vogel


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Trading Places: The Role of the US and the EU in International Environmental Policies Comparative Political Studie

David Vogel and R. Daniel Kelemen


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How Green is Judaism? An Exploration of Jewish Environmental Ethics Business Ethics Quarterly

David Vogel


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Teaching (2)

Ethics and Responsibility in Business


Public and Private Global Business Regulation

Political Science