Critical Approaches

Laura Sjoberg, J. Samuel Barkin

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Critically-oriented work that directly addresses governance in ALS shares with a larger body of critically-oriented work that deals with many of the same concepts and situations a number of contributions and potential contributions to the developing analysis of the problematique of governance in ALS. This chapter looks for the contributions in both actual and potential intersections between critical theorizing and work on governance in ALS. It does so first by giving a brief introduction to what the broad-brush idea of critical approaches includes, and what those approaches share. From there, it moves on to the contributions to the study of governance in ALS from critically-oriented theory, focusing on three approaches: feminist theory, postcolonial/decolonial theory, and poststructuralist theory. We choose these three approaches as a focus not out of any claim to representativeness, but because we think that they provide an interesting cross-section of potential implications. The chapter concludes by considering the relationships among the various (potential and actual) contributions of critical theorizing to thinking about governance in ALS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood
EditorsThomas Risse, Tanja Borzel, Anke Draude
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780198797203
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018


  • critical approaches
  • critical theory
  • global governance
  • limited statehood

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