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date: 28 February 2021

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This chapter offers an integrative reading of the dispersed debates on brokerage, intermediation, and translation as a mode of governance in areas of limited statehood (ALS). It highlights the contribution as well as shortcomings of actor-centred approaches to brokerage and their focus on power-maximizing actors, while stressing the important insights of translation approaches. In addition, the chapter brings the dominant, more micro-centred research on brokerage in local and domestic governance into dialogue with work on the often neglected transnational dimension of brokerage. It is argued that, far from being a phenomenon exclusively located in ALS, brokerage is at work, and shapes the very global policies directed at ALS, and the international organizations and institutions that produce them.

Keywords: brokerage, intermediation, translation, governance, clientelism

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