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The Agency of the Governed in the Global South
Normative and Institutional Change

Edited By

Anke Draude

ISBN 9780367663476
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
166 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.