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date: 04 March 2021

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This chapter looks for the contributions in both actual and potential intersections between critical theorizing and work on governance in areas of limited statehood. It does so, first, by giving a brief introduction to what the broad-brush idea of critical approaches includes, and what those approaches share. From there, it moves on to the contributions to the study of governance in areas of limited statehood from critically oriented theory, focusing on three approaches: feminist theory, post-colonial/decolonial theory, and post-structuralist theory. These three approaches are chosen as a focus because they provide an interesting cross-section of potential implications. The chapter concludes by considering the relationships among the various contributions of critical theorizing to thinking about governance in areas of limited statehood.

Keywords: critical theory, feminism, post-colonialism, state-centrism, governmentality

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