Governance for whom?
Hönke, Jana ;  Thomas, Esther ;  DFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?

Main titleGovernance for whom?
SubtitleCapturing the Inclusiveness and Unintended Effects of Governance
AuthorHönke, Jana
AuthorThomas, Esther
InstitutionDFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?
No. of Pages30 S.
Series SFB Governance working paper series / Englische Ausgabe ; 31
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractResearch on governance by external non-state actors in areas of limited statehood concentrates on the conditions under which these actors engage in governance. However, this literature largely ignores findings from research on the anthropology of development, the privatization of security, and non-state welfare provision in developing countries that point to the limitations and negative effects of governance by non-state actors. Hence there are many reasons to distinguish carefully between different qualities of governance contributions and the (unintended) effects of external actors’ practices. This paper deals with the quality of governance in that it suggests an analytical framework for distinguishing different qualities along three dimensions: inclusiveness, the indirect effects of governance, and the external effects of non-governance practices. Empirically, the paper focuses on multinational companies in sub-Saharan Africa. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the literature on business and governance noticeably isolates the positive contributions by firms from the negative effects of business activities in areas of limited statehood. Secondly, the case of companies – actors that do not aim at contributing to governance in the first place – clearly illustrates the added value of distinguishing different qualities of governance contributions. This is also relevant, however, for other governance actors.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Political and Social Sciences
Other affiliation(s)Sonderforschungsbereich Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit - Neue Formen des Regierens, Berlin
Year of publication2012
Type of documentBook
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