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Effective Governance Under Anarchy. Institutions, Legitimacy, and Social Trust in Areas of Limited Statehood

by Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse – 04/2021

Cambridge University Press

News from Apr 30, 2021

‘This superb book explores the dimensions of public-private collaborations in politics, and in how this and other relationships lead to the emergence of local and global governance at new levels and in new forms. Locating this exploration firmly in the empirical as well as theoretical, this book offers a compelling critique and alternative to mainstream social science approaches. By focusing on the dynamics of cooperation that spans state and societal, and national and international boundaries, the two authors provide a novel approach to understanding the evolution of the international system. This will be a book that others will have to address, a soon-to-be classic in the field of international relations, as well as in comparative politics for its emphasis on the diverse forms of governance in areas of limited state authority.'

William Reno - Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University


‘Since the 1990s, the international community has pursued statebuilding as the solution to the problem of fragile states. Borzel and Risse challenge this focus and demonstrate that non-state governance is not only possible but can be effective when would-be governors are competent, legitimate, and trusted. Governance Under Anarchy? is a pathbreaking book that brings insights from the literature on heterogeneous global governance to the question of ‘domestic' governance.'

David A. Lake - Gerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Science, University of California, San Diego


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