- The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: Conceptual Clarifications and Major Contributions of the Handbook
- Theories of Development and Areas of Limited Statehood
- A Historical-Sociological Perspective on Statehood
- Anthropological Perspectives on the Limits of the State
- Critical Approaches
- Measuring Governance and Limited Statehood
- Histories of Governance
- A Global History of Governance
- Geographies of Limited Statehood
- External State Actors
- INGOs and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
- ‘Traditional’ Authorities
- Violent and Criminal Non-State Actors
- Coercion and Trusteeship
- Hierarchical and Non-Hierarchical Coordination
- Brokerage, Intermediation, Translation
- Social Trust
- Foreign Aid
- Human Rights, the Rule of Law, and Democracy
- Food Security
- Environmental and Natural Resources
- International Legal Order
- Normative Political Theory
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter serves to introduce the central concepts of the handbook, to briefly delineate its contributions to the state of the art, and to lay out the rationale behind its various sections. We begin by discussing the central concepts of the handbook, ‘limited statehood’ and ‘governance’. We argue that ‘areas of limited statehood’ where central state authorities lack the capacity to uphold the monopoly over the means of violence and/or to enforce the law, can be found everywhere and are not confined to what the literature erroneously calls ‘fragile’ or ‘failed’ states. However, areas of limited statehood are neither ungovernable nor ungoverned. Instead, we find an enormous variation that includes badly governed places but also ‘good governance’ in areas of limited statehood. If institutions are flexible enough to adapt to local conditions, effective and legitimate governance is likely to emerge where people trust each other and accept their ‘governors’.
Tanja A. Börzel is professor of political science and European integration at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Thomas Risse is professor of international politics at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and has been coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 700 ‘Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood’.
Anke Draude is a postdoctoral research associate at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
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