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The Agency of the Governed in the Global South

Normative and Institutional Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Anke Draude


154 pages

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pub: 2018-12-13
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Research on global norm diffusion and institutional transfer has often neglected the agency of the governed. This collection argues that limited statehood – the lack of state capacities in most parts of the global South – provides opportunities for the governed to raise their voices and be listened to. Thus, people on the receiving end of development cooperation, state building, or security interventions can significantly shape global dynamics of normative and institutional change. Drawing on the emerging body of literature on the agency of the governed, this book assesses the current dynamics of transfer and diffusion studies at the interstice of political science and social anthropology. By focusing on the agency of the governed, the authors integrate a broad spectrum of issues and debates, from the proliferation of global norms to state and security building to international policy cooperation.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of global politics and international relations, particularly those focusing on the global South. It was originally published as a special issue of the online journal Third World Thematics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the agency of the governed in transfer and diffusion studies Anke Draude

2. Translation in motion: a concept’s journey towards norm diffusion studies Anke Draude

3. Linked in translation: international donors and local fieldworkers as translators of global norms Tobias Berger

4. Creating room for manoeuvre: domestic repertoires of action in international post-war interventions Sina Birkholz, Tilmann Scherf and Ursula C. Schroeder

5. Resistance to international democracy promotion in Morocco and Tunisia Vera van Hüllen

6. Norm appropriation through policy production: Rwanda’s gender policies Jenny Lorentzen

7. Women’s rights norms as content-in-motion and incomplete practice Susanne Zwingel

8. Unlocking the agency of the governed: contestation and norm dynamics Lisbeth Zimmermann, Nicole Deitelhoff and Max Lesch

9. Agency of the governed in global international relations: access to norm validation Antje Wiener

About the Editor

Anke Draude is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on discursive shifts and conceptual innovations in the study of governance, aid, and development in areas of limited statehood.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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