Seniorprofessor Dr. Eberhard Bohne

Professor Bohne (born 1944 in Bonn) held the chair of Public Administration, Policy and Law for Environmental Protection and Energy from 1996 to his retirement in 2009. He is currently a senior professor at the university. He was Head of Section III at the German Research Institute for Public Administration, Speyer until 2013.

Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Bohne studied law and political science at the universities of Bonn and Freiburg and passed the bar exam in Düsseldorf. He received a doctoral degree in law from Cologne University and a M.A. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

He served as a lawyer with the German Federal Ministry of Interior from 1975 to 1986 and with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as Head of the General Environmental Law Division from 1986 to 1996. 

From September 2001 to January 2002 and in 2009 he was visiting fellow at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana/USA.

From 2008 to 2012 he was Co-Chairman of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium (TPC). He is now Member of its Executive Committee. The TPC is a network of almost 40 North-American and European universities and research institutions in the field of public policy and public administration. He serves as co-editor of the "Transatlantic Public Policy Series" (LIT Verlag, Münster) together with Charles F. Bonser (Indiana University), Tony Bovaird (University of Birmingham) and Suzanne J. Piotrowski (Rutgers University-Newark).

Research Activities
Research activities focus on comparative empirical and legal analyses of environmental regulatory politics in the European Union, the liberalization of the electricity and gas markets, and on theoretical concepts of administrative decision making from an empirical and normative perspective. In 2006, Professor Bohne published a comprehensive, comparative, empirical and legal study on the regulatory systems for industrial installations of eight EU-member states with the title "The Quest for Environmental Regulatory Integration in the European Union. Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, Environmental Impact Assessment and Major Accident Prevention (Kluwer Law International: Alphen aan den Rijn, NL). In 2010, he published a book on "The World Trade Organization: Institutional Development and Reform" with Palgrave MacMillan. In 2013, he completed an empirical study on German gas market regulations.

Association of German Scholars of Constitutional and Public Law (Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer)
German Atlantic Association (Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft)
German Section of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences
German Political Science Association (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft)
Transatlantic Policy Consortium

German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer

Postfach 1409 - D-67324 Speyer
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2 - D-67346 Speyer

Telefon: +49 (0) 6232 73704
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Teaching Wintersemester 2015/2016

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5. Speyerer Energieforum
"Die Energiewende zwischen Regulierungsstaat und Zivilgesellschaft"

14. bis 15. April 2016
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bohne, Dr. Christian Bauer
German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany

Walking the Border between Theory and Practice
7 November 2014
German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer


Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference
"Innovation in Multiple Systems"

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
22-25 June 2014
Chairman of panel "Regulation and Innovation"

"Vorschläge zur Verbesserung und Vereinfachung der Netzregulierung in der Strom- und Gaswirtschaft"
Berliner Symposium des Deutschen Forschungsinstituts für öffentliche Verwaltung Speyer
25 February 2014, Berlin


"Converging and Conflicting Trends in the Public Administration of the US, Europe, and Germany"

Hosted by the
German Research Institute for Public Administration (GRIP) Speyer, Germany
and the
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) of Indiana University
and held at
The German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany
19-20 July 2012

2008 -  Information in German

4. Speyerer Forum zum Umweltgesetzbuch

"Das Umweltgesetzbuch 2009"
9. bis 10. Oktober 2008, Berlin
Wissenschaftliche Leitung:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bohne (DHV Speyer)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Kloepfer (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

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Research areas

  • Legislation and implementation of environmental and technology law in Germany, Europe, and the United States
  • Regulation of the electricity and gas markets
  • European and international governance concepts
  • Organisation and decision making theories of public administration


Current research projects 

Informal governance in social science and legal literature
(Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bohne, M. A./Katerina Potapova, M. A., Mag. rer. publ.)
July 13, 2009 - April 12, 2013
Formal and informal arrangements between government and private actors are a ubiquitous phenomenon of social life. Different academic disciplines (e.g. public administration, public law, political science, sociology) are concerned with informal structures, processes and norms, but rarely take into consideration research concepts and results from other disciplines. This is why an interdisciplinary analysis of formal and informal interactions between government and private actors is still needed.
This research project aims at systematizing the divergent disciplinary discussions of formal and informal behaviour by applying a uniform set of criteria for their study (theoretical concepts, empirical phenomena, effects, functions, explanations, evaluations). Actor-centred institutionalism and organizational and systems theoretical approaches provide the basis for explaining formal and informal interactions between government and private actors.

Previous research projects 

  • Analysis of the regulatory behavior of the Federal Network Agency and the state regulatory agencies at the regulation of network access to German gas networks
    (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bohne, M. A./Christian Bauer, M. A., Mag. rer. publ.)
    Mai 1, 2009 - April 30, 2013
    The progress of the German gas market lags behind the public expectations that came up when it was liberalized in 1998. One of the major obstacles for the development of a competitive market was the missing of a working model for nondiscriminatory third party network access. From 1998 till 2005 the German government relied on negotiated third party access and did not install a regulatory authority. But the associations of the gas industry were not able to agree on a network access system. In 2005 a paradigm shift from negotiated to regulated network access occurred. The Federal Network Agency and the state regulatory agencies were installed to guarantee third party access, and the energy act prescribed an entry-/exit-model for gas network access. But the model in the act was underdeveloped, and the regulatory authorities did neither have the resources nor the administrative powers to refine the access model. They were not able to establish an entry/exit-model through command and control regulations and started negotiations with the associations of the gas industry in the sense of collaborative governance. In 2006 the result of these negotiations was a contract between the 800 German gas network companies which regulates the details of the entry/exit-model. Instead of replacing this contract in the following years with their own regulations the authorities established a co-regulation-relationship with the associations behind the contract. Since 2006 the authorities restrained their regulations to the basic conditions of network access, and the associations regulated the details in their contract. The research project analysis this co-regulation-relationship and its consequence for market participants and the development of competition on the gas market.
  • The World Trade Organization: Institutional Reform and Development (2004-2007)
  • Electricity Trading and the Role of Government (2001 - 2004) investigated issues of liberalization of the electricity market under EC legislation such as third party access, OTC-trading, EEX Power Exchange Leipzig. (download as pdf-file).
  • The Evolution of Integrated Permitting and Inspections of Industrial Installations in the European Union. A Comparative Analysis of Existing and Emerging Integrated Permitting Procedures, Structures and Decisions in Eight EU Member States, Research Institute for Public Administration at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, November 2001, research report in English covering the implementation of national IPPC, EIA and Seveso II regulations in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK (England and Wales), funded by the European Commission, the Austrian and German Federal Ministries of the Environment, and the Environment Agency (England and Wales).
    An abbreviated and revised version is published by Kluwer Law International under the book title "The Quest for Environmental Regulatory Integration in the European Union: IPPC, EIA, and Major Accident Prevention" (download as pdf-file).
  • The Implemention of the EU Management and Eco-Audit Scheme (EMAS) in Germany and its Potential for Regulatory Relief from Environmental Command and Regulations, Research Institute for Public Administration at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, August 1999, research report in German, funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment.
    An up-dated version is to be published soon by Duncker & Humblot under the book title "Umweltaudit und Deregulierung im Umweltverwaltungsrecht".


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bohne
- Seniorprofessor

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