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Local self-governance and varieties of statehood : Tensions and Cooperation

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Local self-governance and varieties of statehood : Tensions and Cooperation.
ed.: Neubert, Dieter ; Lauth, Hans-Joachim ; Mohamad-Klotzbach, Christoph
Cham : Springer , 2022 . - VIII, 198 p.
ISBN 978-3-031-14996-2

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Lokale Selbstregelungen im Kontext schwacher Staatlichkeit in Antike und Moderne
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Project financing: DFG

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The debate on governance originates in the OECD world. At the latest since the postcolonial debate, we know that we need to “test” our assumptions under radically different conditions. This book offers an extended perspective of local self-governance by examining cases from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, together with a study of militias in the USA. The chapters present a wide variety of local actors who pursue different notions of order legitimized by local traditions based on hierarchy or deeply rooted communalism, Islamic theology, or grassroots democracy. Some local actors claim a state-like authority and challenge the territorial state. In such cases, there is no longer “a shadow hierarchy” but opposition to the state. Different violent actors fight for supremacy, and the state is just one actor among others. The empirical studies presented in this book show how different kinds of local self-governance are combined with varieties of statehood, and thus contribute to an understanding of the notion of governance in a fundamental sense that goes beyond the special case of the OECD world.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Keywords: Local self-organisation; Local self-governance; Varieties of statehood; Tensions; Cooperation; Self-organisation; Village communities; Legitimation; Government; Governance; Politics; Identity; Justice; local security; Local or State-level Administration
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Development
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 350 Public admininistration, military science
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2022 06:25
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2022 06:25