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.
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
European University Institute
London Business School
Bren School, U.C. Santa Barbara
Media Appearances (11)
Kochs downplay politics to find common ground in liberal Silicon Valley
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”...
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.”'
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.'
What You Need to Know About Socially Responsible Investing
'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.'
Selected Papers & Publications (10)
David Vogel, Vinod Aggarwal, and Kristi Govella
David Vogel and James O’Toole
Edited by David Vogel and S and Johan Swinnen
Edited by David Vogel, Craig Smith, C.B. Bhattacherya, David Levine)
Edited by Christopher Ansell and David Vogel
David Vogel and R. Daniel Kelemen
Ethics and Responsibility in Business
Public and Private Global Business Regulation