When Governance Meets Troubled States

Cover: Staatszerfall und Governance

Cover: Staatszerfall und Governance

Christoph Zürcher – 2007

Understanding external state-building, international governance, and the interdependencies between the two, is an extremely challenging task. It is a real life problem, which means that we need to get our empirical evidence from places which are not easily accessible for social research (e.g. from the often messy target states of interventions, and from the often quite abstract realm of the so called the international system). This requires a multidisciplinary approach, (political sciences, sociology, international law, social anthropology and their various sub-disciplines), with its attendant problems and limitations. Nevertheless, if social science wants to be more that just a belated companion of largely incomprehensible social processes going on in places like Afghanistan, Irak, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, East Timor, DR Congo, Somalia, Somaliland etc., we need to engage these problems in a more consistent way.1 In order to do so, I argue that we need to embrace in a much more thorough way the empirical realities on the ground. Secondly, we need to refine our concepts. Based on this, we may then be able to develop a better methodological tool kit for assessing the effects of state building measures - intentional or not –on troubled states.

Title
When Governance Meets Troubled States
Publisher
Nomos
Location
Baden-Baden
Keywords
Research Project C1
Date
2007
Identifier
ISBN 978-3832924591
Appeared in
Beisheim, Marianne/Schuppert, Gunnar Folke (eds.): Staatszerfall und Governance, Schriftenreihe zur Governance-Forschung, Vol. 7, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 11-27.
Language
eng
Type
Text