School of Social and Political Science

Dr Adam William Chalmers

Job Title

Senior Lecturer (European Union Politics)

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

My research focuses on (1) corporate lobbying, (2) corporate sustainability policy, and (3) natural language processing. 


​I earned my B.A. and M.A. from York University (Canada) and my Ph.D. in Political Science at McGill University. I've held previous positions at Leiden University (Netherlands) in the Institute of Political Science and King's College London in the Department of Political Economy. More information can be found on my personal webpage (

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Chalmers AW, Klingler-Vidra R, van den Broek OM. From diffusion to diffuse-ability: A text-as-data approach to explaining the global diffusion of Corporate Sustainability Policy. International Studies Quarterly. 2024 Mar;68(1):1-14. sqad106. Epub 2024 Jan 29. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqad106
Chalmers AW, Klingler-Vidra R, van der Lugt C, van de Wijs PP, Bailey T. Carrots & Sticks: Beyond Disclosure in ESG and Sustainability Policy. 2023. 63 p.
Antoine E, Atikcan EÖ, Chalmers AW. Politicisation, business lobbying, and the design of preferential trade agreements. Journal of European Public Policy. 2023 Jun 8. Epub 2023 Jun 8. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2218413
Klingler-Vidra R, Chalmers AW. The entrepreneurial university’s impact on regional socioeconomic development: The “alumni policymaker” mechanism. Business and Politics. 2023 May 12;1-42. Epub 2023 May 12. doi: 10.1017/bap.2023.9
Chalmers A, Klingler-Vidra R, Aikman D, Kuralbayeva K, Foreman T. Sustainable finance: The rise of the “E” in ESG. Global Policy. 2023 Feb 9.
Chalmers AW, Klingler-Vidra R, Puglisi A, Remke L. In and out of revolving doors in European Union financial regulatory authorities. Regulation and Governance. 2022 Oct 1;16(4):1233-1249. Epub 2021 Jun 30. doi: 10.1111/rego.12424
Klingler-Vidra R, Hai SJ, Liu Y, Chalmers AW. Is the Jack Ma trajectory unique? Assessing the place-based hypothesis on entrepreneurial success. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 2022;34(4):419-442. Epub 2021 Sept 20. doi: 10.1080/08276331.2021.1974236
Chalmers AW, Malik TN. Rule omission, rule migration and the limits of financial industry power. European Journal of Political Research. 2021 Nov 1;60(4):874-891. Epub 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12433
Antoine E, Chalmers AW. Interest groups and social media. In Harris P, Bitonti A, Fleisher CS, Skorkjær Binderkrantz A, editors, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2021 doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-13895-0_229-1
Klingler-Vidra R, Tran BL, Chalmers AW. Transnational experience and high-performing entrepreneurs in emerging economies: Evidence from Vietnam. Technology in Society. 2021 Aug 1;66:1-11. 101605. Epub 2021 May 12. doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2021.101605
van den Broek O, Chalmers AW. Hypotheses. In Morin JF, Olsson C, Özlem Atikcan E, editors, Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An A-Z of key concepts. Oxford University Press. 2021
Chalmers AW, Macedo FS. Does it pay to lobby? Examining the link between firm lobbying and firm profitability in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy. 2021;28(12):1993-2010. Epub 2020 Sept 30. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1824012
Chalmers AW. Unity and conflict: Explaining financial industry lobbying success in European Union public consultations. Regulation and Governance. 2020 Jul 1;14(3):391-408. Epub 2018 Nov 26. doi: 10.1111/rego.12231
Chalmers AW, Puglisi A, van den Broek O. Interest groups. In Harris P, Bitonti A, Fleisher CS, Skorkjær Binderkrantz A, editors, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2020 doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-13895-0_44-2
Chalmers AW, Young KL. Network effects in the formation of the financial industry's regulatory preferences in the European Union. Business and Politics. 2020 Mar 1;22(1):52-84. Epub 2020 Jan 28. doi: 10.1017/bap.2019.33
Özlem Atikcan E, Chalmers AW. Choosing lobbying sides: The General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union. Journal of Public Policy. 2019 Dec 1;39(4):543-564. Epub 2018 Sept 26. doi: 10.1017/S0143814X18000223
Hurrelmann A, Özlem Atikcan E, Chalmers AW, Viju-Miljusevic C. Political controversy about international economic agreements: Lessons for Canada-UK trade negotiations after Brexit. International Journal. 2019 Oct 14;74(3):453-462. doi: 10.1177/0020702019875838
Chalmers AW, Iacobov AA. The stakes of global venue shopping: Examining bank lobbying in the Basel Committee and the European Union. Interest Groups and Advocacy. 2019 Sept 16;8(3):433-459. doi: 10.1057/s41309-019-00059-8
Chalmers AW, van den Broek OM. Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR. Business and Politics. 2019 Jun 1;21(2):240-266. Epub 2019 Jan 26. doi: 10.1017/bap.2018.28
Chalmers AW. Informational lobbying in the EU: Mechanisms of probity, dissembling, and transparency. In Dialer D, Richter M, editors, Lobbying in the European Union: Strategies, Dynamics and Trends. 1st ed. Springer, Cham. 2019. p. 65-79 Epub 2018 Dec 11. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98800-9_5
Dellmuth LM, Chalmers AW. All spending is not equal: European Union public spending, policy feedback and citizens' support for the EU. European Journal of Political Research. 2018 Jan 2;57(1):3-23. Epub 2017 May 30. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12215
Chalmers AW. When banks lobby: The effects of national banking regulations on international bank lobbying. Business and Politics. 2017 Mar 1;19(1):107-134. Epub 2017 Feb 1. doi: 10.1017/bap.2016.7
Chalmers AW, Mocker ST. The end of exceptionalism? Explaining Chinese National Oil Companies’ overseas investments. Review of International Political Economy. 2017;24(1):119-143. Epub 2017 Jan 11. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2016.1275743
Chalmers AW, Shotton PA. Changing the face of advocacy? Explaining when and why interest groups use social media. Political Communication. 2016;33(3):374-391. Epub 2015 Jul 27. doi: 10.1080/10584609.2015.1043477
Berkhout J, Carroll BJ, Braun C, Chalmers AW, Destrooper T, Lowery D et al. Interest organizations across economic sectors: Explaining interest group density in the European Union. In Beyers J, Braun C, Klüver H, editors, Legislative Lobbying in Context: The Policy and Polity Determinants of Interest Group Politics in the European Union. 1st ed. Routledge. 2015. (Journal of European Public Policy Series).
Chalmers AW, Dellmuth LM. Fiscal redistribution and public support for regional integration. European union politics. 2015 Sept;16(3):386-407. Epub 2015 May 7. doi: 10.1177/1465116515581201
Chalmers AW. Financial industry mobilization and securities markets regulation in Europe. European Journal of Political Research. 2015 Aug 1;54(3):482-501. Epub 2015 May 22. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12099
Berkhout J, Carroll BJ, Braun C, Chalmers AW, Destrooper T, Lowery D et al. Interest organizations across economic sectors: Explaining interest group density in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy. 2015;22(4):462-480. Epub 2015 Feb 6. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1008549
Chalmers AW. In over their heads: Public consultation, administrative capacity and legislative duration in the European Union. European union politics. 2014 Dec;15(4):595-613. Epub 2014 Apr 16. doi: 10.1177/14651165145298
Baroni L, Carroll BJ, Chalmers AW, Muñoz Marquez LM, Rasmussen A. Defining and classifying interest groups. Interest Groups and Advocacy. 2014 Jun 1;3(2):141–159. Epub 2014 May 15. doi: 10.1057/iga.2014.9
Chalmers AW. Getting a seat at the table: Capital, capture and expert groups in the European Union. West European Politics. 2014;37(5):976-992. Epub 2013 Nov 14. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2013.852832
Chalmers AW. With a lot of help from their friends: Explaining the social logic of informational lobbying in the European Union. European union politics. 2013 Dec 1;14(4):475-496. Epub 2013 Apr 18. doi: 10.1177/1465116513482528
Chalmers AW. Regional authority, transnational lobbying and the allocation of structural funds in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies. 2013 Sept 1;51(5):815-831. Epub 2013 Jun 20. doi: 10.1111/jcms.12038
Chalmers AW. Trading information for access: Informational lobbying strategies and interest group access to the EU. Journal of European Public Policy. 2013;20(1):39-58. Epub 2012 Aug 3. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2012.693411
Chalmers AW. Interests, information and influence: Comparing the influence of interests groups in the European Union. Journal of European Integration. 2011;33(4):471-486. Epub 2011 Aug 17. doi: 10.1080/07036337.2011.579751
Chalmers A. Refiguring the European Union’s historical dimension. European Journal of Political Theory. 2006 Oct 1;5(4):437-454. doi: 10.1177/1474885106067282