On the social conditions of governance : social capital and governance in areas of limited statehood

Kode, Johannes


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URL http://edoc.vifapol.de/opus/volltexte/2015/5732/
Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: SFB 700 FU Berlin
Schriftenreihe: SFB-Governance working paper series
Bandnummer: 60
Sprache: Deutsch
Erstellungsjahr: 2013
Publikationsdatum: 08.04.2015
Originalveröffentlichung: http://www.sfb-governance.de/publikationen/working_papers/wp60/SFB-Governance-Working-Paper-60.pdf# (2013)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Governance , Staatslehre , Soziales Kapital
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 89.31 (Staatslehre), 89.00 ()
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

Unlike what Hobbesian theories argue, the provision of governance is not necessarily undermined by a lack of statehood. Empirical findings show that – contrary to many voices in current debates on weak, failing, or failed states – various (non-state) actors provide governance even when statehood is limited. This paper addresses the puzzle of how to account for cases where governance exists although the state cannot or does not provide it. Transferring insights from political sociology to the analysis of such “governance without the state,” the paper holds that the way societies manage their affairs critically depends on social conditions, which are captured here following social capital theory. Working toward a political sociology of “governance without a state,” this paper links social capital, resulting in interpersonal trust, to social coordination underlying the provision of governance. In this context, governance is interpreted as a collective action game (“governance game”), in which socially embedded (collective) actors are seen as players whose behavior (in particular their decisions to cooperate) depends critically on their social capital endowments. The main argument is that specific types of social capital endowments facilitate – and, thus, explain – specific modes of social coordination in areas of limited statehood. Explorative in nature, conceptual and theoretical arguments will be developed that offer new perspectives to explain the variance and mechanisms of governance outside the OECD world.

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