Governance discourse centers on an "ideal type" of modern statehood that exhibits full internal and external sovereignty as well as a legitimate monopoly on the use of force. Yet modern statehood is actually an anomaly, both historically and within the current international system, whereas the condition of "limited statehood," wherein countries lack the capacity to implement central decisions and monopolize force, is the norm. But areas of limited statehood, argue the authors in this collection, are not wholly ungoverned or ungovernable spaces. Rather, the provision of public goods and services is possible even under adverse conditions.
Challenging common assumptions about sovereign states and the evolution of modern statehood, this volume explores strategies for effective and legitimate governance within a framework of weak and ineffective state institutions. Approaching the problem from the perspectives of political science, history, and law, contributors explore the involvement of nonstate actors and nonhierarchical modes of political influence. They also analyze security governance by nonstate actors, the contribution of public–private partnerships to promote the United Nations Millennium Goals, the role of business in environmental governance, and the problems of Western state-building efforts.
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Table of ContentsPreface
1. Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: Introduction and Overview, by Thomas Risse
Part I. Insights from Law and History
2. Governance and Colonial Rule, by Sebastian Conrad and Marion Stange
3. Law Without a State? A "New Interplay" Between State and Nonstate Actors in Governance by Rule Making, by Gunnar Folke Schuppert
Part II. Governing Areas of Limited Statehood: The Role of Nonstate Actors
4. New Modes of Security: The Violent Making and Unmaking of Governance in War-Torn Areas of Limited Statehood, by Sven Chojnacki and Zeljko Branovic
5. Transnational Public-Private Partnerships and the Provision of Collective Goods in Developing Countries, by Andrea Liese and Marianne Beisheim
6. Racing to the Top? Regulatory Competition Among Firms in Areas of Limited Statehood, by Tanja Börzel, Adrienne Héritier, Nicole Kranz, and Christian Thauer
7. Governance in Sovereign Debt Crises: Analyzing Creditor-Debtor Interactions, by Henrik Enderlein, Laura von Daniels, and Christoph Trebesch
Part III. State Building and Good Governance: The Role of External Actors
8. International Legal and Moral Standards of Good Governance in Fragile States, by Bernd Ladwig and Beate Rudolf
9. State Building or New Modes of Governance? The Effects of International Involvement in Areas of Limited Statehood, by Ulrich Schneckener
10. Applying the Governance Concept to Areas of Limited Statehood: Implications for International Foreign and Security Policy, by Lars Brozus
List of Contributors
What People are Saying About This
This innovative collection shows that limited statehood, which is pervasive, does not mean an absence of governance. Understanding how this governance is provided is one of the major research and policy challenges of our time. Governance Without A State? opens a path to understanding the variety of ways in which governance occurs, even when the capacity of the state is feeble. An agenda-setting study.
Written with force and coherence, this superb volume offers a compelling critique and alternative to mainstream social science approaches and will be a landmark in the study of the evolution of sovereignty and the nature of collective action.
Theoretically and empirically ambitious, Governance Without the State? represents a major contribution to international relations and comparative politics. This volume makes several important contributions. It suggests that 'limited statehood' is neither abnormal nor undesirable, but in fact might be more common than 'complete' statehood and better able to meet the actual needs of people in this globalizing age. It directs our attention to the overlapping and multiple actors involved in meeting our basic needs, producing our common rules, and steering our common polity. Finally, it suggests that students of global governance and advanced industrial and post-industrial countries have a lot to learn from areas of limited statehood. Highly recommended for all students of governance.