- 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
Starting from the presupposition that areas of limited statehood (ALS) are not ungoverned, but ‘differently’ governed, this chapter proposes a spatial grammar that analyses authority and governance as a socio-spatial relationship. This spatial grammar distinguishes four types of dynamic socio-spatial relations—territory, place, scale, and network—and enables us to spatially analyse (a) how political authority is contested, claimed, upheld, and disrupted; (b) how political life is negotiated, regulated, and practised; and (c) how these practices and their effects are spatially situated. We apply this spatial grammar to four case studies, each providing insight into one type of socio-spatial relations. These cases from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), explain how the negotiation, contestation, and disruption of political authority is spatially situated and embedded in ALS. A spatial grammar focuses on the shifting, overlapping, and contradictory practices of claiming political and regulatory power.
Benedikt Korf is professor of political geography at the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Timothy Raeymaekers is a postdoctoral lecturer in political geography at the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Conrad Schetter is professor for peace and conflict studies at the University of Bonn, and director for research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Germany.
Michael J. Watts is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria (2013).
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