Rev Austrian Econ (2015) 28:93–105 DOI 10.1007/s11138-012-0195-3 Governance without a state? Policies and politics in areas of limited statehood meets positive political economy of anarchy: A review essay Alexander Fink Published online: 7 December 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012 JEL Classification O17 K40 1 Introduction The contributors to Governance Without a State? (Risse 2011) examine governance in areas where states are absent, too weak, or unwilling to provide “governance by government” (p. 9). Governance as understood by the editor of the volume, Thomas Risse, stands for “institutionalized modes of social coordination to produce and implement collectively binding rules, or to provide collective goods” (p. 9). Following the introduc- tion by the editor, nine chapters explore various aspects of governance in situations where social cooperation does not take place in the shadow of a modern western democratic nation-state. As Risse highlights (p. 2), today and historically the modern nation-state of the western democratic variety has been the exception rather than the rule. To date, the vast majority of humans have not lived their lives in western-style democratic states. The present volume is highly relevant for social scientists who are interested in understanding social phenomena under such alternative institutional
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