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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter focuses on external state governance, asking which state governors do what, why, how, and with what ambition? What kind of governance do external state governors provide, under which conditions are their governance contributions effective and legitimate, and what consequences do they have? When answering these questions, the main argument is that attempts to strengthen statehood and sometimes even the idea of state-building should not be dismissed too early, as such efforts can, under certain conditions, be considered effective and legitimate. Successful governance in areas of limited statehood (ALS), however, requires taking into account the politics in the respective area as well as a realization on the side of external state governors that governance in ALS often has to start ‘at home’—in the world of consolidated statehood.

Keywords: external state governance, statehood, governments, state-building, institution-building, international organizations, modes of governance, legitimacy, effectiveness, politicization

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