Governance discourse in development agencies and the social sciences remains centered on an "ideal type" of modern statehood, one that exhibits full internal and external sovereignty and a legitimate monopoly on the use of force. Yet modern statehood remains an anomaly, both historically and in the contemporary international system, while the condition of "limited statehood," wherein countries lack the capacity to implement central decisions and monopolize force, is the norm. Limited statehood, argue the authors in this provocative collection, is in fact a fundamental form of governance, immune to the forces of economic and political modernization ushered in by globalization. Challenging common assumptions about sovereign states and the evolution of modern statehood, particularly the dominant paradigms supported by international relations theorists, development agencies, and international organizations, this volume explores strategies for effective and legitimate governance within a framework of weak and ineffective state institutions. Approaching the problem from the perspective of political science, history, and law, contributors explore the factors that contribute to successful governance under conditions of limited statehood, such as the involvement of nonstate actors and non-hierarchical modes of political influence. Empirical chapters analyze, among other issues, 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. Recognizing these forms of governance as themselves legitimate, this collection unravels the complexities of a system that the developed world must negotiate in the coming century.
- Publication Date:
- 04 / 10 / 2011