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Governance and Limited Statehood

Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood

Contesting the New Modes of Governance

Editors: Esguerra, Alejandro, Helmerich, Nicole, Risse, Thomas (Eds.)

  • Presents a timely study, making use of the two-decade interim between the present and the Rio Earth Summit
  • Focuses on governance in areas of limited statehood, where much of the surrounding literature focuses on countries with consolidated statehood
  • Comparatively analyses and contests sustainability governance in this context, fulfilling a research need
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About this book

The contributors to this book critically examine the performance of new modes of governance in areas of limited statehood, drawing on a range of in-depth case studies on issues of climate change, biodiversity, and health.  The Paris Agreement for Climate Change or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rely on new modes of governance for implementation. New modes of governance such as market-based instruments, public-private partnerships or stakeholder participation initiatives have been praised for playing a pivotal role in effective and legitimate sustainability governance. Yet, do they also deliver in areas of limited statehood? States such as Malaysia or the Dominican Republic partly lack the ability to implement and enforce rules; their domestic sovereignty is limited. Exploring this perspective on governance, the authors demonstrate that areas of limited statehood are not ungoverned or ungovernable spaces. The book elaborates how and under what conditions new modes of governance emerge in areas of limited statehood, and examines their relative effectiveness.

About the authors

Alejandro Esguerra is a post-doctoral researcher with the research group ‘Wicked Problems, Contested Administration: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy’ at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His work is concerned with the role of knowledge in international relations theory, transnational private governance, and epistemic authority in global environmental politics.

Nicole Helmerich is a post-doctoral researcher at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Her work revolves around the role of business in transnational governance, transnational private regulation, corporate responsibility, transnational workers’ rights, and good corporate governance.

Thomas Risse is Professor of International Relations at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is co-ordinator of the Research Center 700 'Governance of Areas of Limited Statehood' and co-director of the Research College 'Transformative Power of Europe', both funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Reviews

“The analysis of new modes of governance has become one of the most fruitful areas in International Relations research. Yet so far, most studies have focused on industrialized countries and stable democracies. Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood now makes a crucial new contribution to this debate by expanding the analysis to areas and sectors where traditional state authority is weak or non-existent. The authors convincingly show in numerous rich case studies how and under what conditions new modes of governance can successfully operate also in areas of limited statehood. This timely volume is hence a vital contribution to one of the most fascinating debates in both international relations and sustainability governance research, and will be highly useful to theorists and practitioners alike.” (Frank Bierman, Utrecht University, Netherlands)

“What are the prospects for sustainable governance in areas of limited statehood? How do polycentric modes of governance, popularized after the Paris Climate Change Agreement, with their reliance of various soft-forms of powers, operate in areas of limited statehood? These timely and important questions are seriously addressed by this collection of talented and imaginative junior scholars. They find that general governance functions and mechanisms still operate in these regions in local and specific ways, although there are opportunities for their improvement. It is not just the state which is essential for promoting sustainability but also constellations of non-state actors who can and do contribute meaningfully to sustainability efforts in the world’s poorest countries.” (Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood. Contesting New Modes of Governance

    Esguerra, Alejandro (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • “A Comment That Might Help Us to Move Along”: Brokers in Negotiation Systems

    Esguerra, Alejandro

    Pages 25-46

  • Let’s Bargain! Setting Standards of Sustainable Biofuels

    Schleifer, Philip

    Pages 47-73

  • Between Global and Local Governance: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in China

    Chan, Sander (et al.)

    Pages 77-104

  • The State in Private Sustainability Governance: Contestation, Limited Statehood and Forest Certification in Russia

    Malets, Olga

    Pages 105-126

Buy this book

eBook £73.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39871-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £92.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39870-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood
Book Subtitle
Contesting the New Modes of Governance
Editors
  • Alejandro Esguerra
  • Nicole Helmerich
  • Thomas Risse
Series Title
Governance and Limited Statehood
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39871-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39871-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39870-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
Topics