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Bernhard Reinsberg

Research Fellow

Dr Bernhard Reinsberg joined the institute in 2016 from University of Zurich, where he received his PhD in Political Science. At the University of Zurich, he also was an assistant at the Chair for Political Economy and Development Policy. In this capacity, he taught courses on multilateral organisations, foreign aid, and macroeconomics.

Prior to joining the University of Zurich, Bernhard Reinsberg completed a MA in Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich. He holds BA degrees in Political Science (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin) and Mathematics (University in Hagen).

His research activities broadly cover the political economy of international organisations, notably the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Currently, he is examining the politics of conditionality at the International Monetary Fund at the University of Cambridge (jointly with Lawrence King, Alexander Kentikelenis, and Thomas Stubbs). Prior to that, he was principal member in a research project on the rise of multi-bi aid at the University of Zurich, in which he investigated the increasing popularity of earmarked contributions to international development organisations by donor countries. He is particularly interested in the views of rising powers on earmarked contributions. His research also examines the systemic changes in the multilateral development system, such as the trend toward informal governance arrangements and the inclusion of emerging actors in governance venues.

Research interests

International relations; political economy; development policy; foreign aid; multi-bi aid; trust funds; principal-agent problems in international organisation; bureaucratic politics; international financial institutions; World Bank; International Monetary Fund; informal governance; regime complexes; blockchain technology.

Selected publications

Reinsberg, B., Kentikelenis, A., Stubbs, T., & King, L. (2018). "The world system and the hollowing-out of state capacity: How structural adjustment programs impact bureaucratic quality in developing countries." American Journal of Sociology (forthcoming).

Reinsberg, B., Michaelowa, K., & Knack, S. (2017). "Which Donors, Which Funds? The Choice of Multilateral Funds by Bilateral Donors at the World Bank". International Organization, 71(4), 767-802.

Reinsberg, B. (2017). "Organizational reform and the rise of trust funds: lessons from the World Bank." Review of International Organizations.

Reinsberg, B., Michaelowa, K., & Eichenauer, V. (2015) "The rise of multi-bi aid and the proliferation of trust funds." In: Arvin, M.B., and Lew, B. (eds.). Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid. Edward Elgar.

Eichenauer, V. Z., & Reinsberg, B. (2017). "What determines earmarked funding to international development organizations? Evidence from the new multi-bi aid data.Review of International Organizations.

Reinsberg, B. (2014) "Foreign aid responses to political liberalization." World Development, 75, 46-61.

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Contact details

Bernhard Reinsberg
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG


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