Governance in areas of limited statehood

Most of the contemporary discourse on governance takes certain core elements of an ideal type of statehood for granted. Particularly prominent among those are an effective monopoly over the use of force and/or the ability to implement and enforce political decisions. Often overlooked by mainstream research, however, is the fact that in most parts of the world these assumptions do not hold. In most developing countries and transition states and even within OECD member states, control over the use of force is at least incomplete, and/or the state’s ability to implement and enforce political decisions is limited. Under such conditions, governance faces particular challenges and it works differently to well-established standard models. In a nutshell, the course explores the consequences that limited statehood has for understanding and influencing the provision of collective goods such as security, welfare, education, public health, a clean environment, etc. Empirically speaking, the course draws on numerous examples of (non-)governance from countries from the Global South while covering a broad range of policy problems.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.

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