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Territory, authority, expertise: Global governance and the counter-piracy assemblage

Bueger, Christian ORCID: 2018. Territory, authority, expertise: Global governance and the counter-piracy assemblage. European Journal of International Relations 24 (3) , pp. 614-637. 10.1177/1354066117725155

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This article presents an empirical study that aims to draw out core elements of an assemblage theory of global governance. Situating assemblage theory in the third, practiceoriented generation of global governance research, I argue that it provides us with a featurerich toolbox sensitive to the routine matters of international cooperation, the role of artefacts, and the vitality of territories of governance. To showcase the advantages of an assemblage approach, I study a paradigmatic case: the organization of the international community’s fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia. This effort has not only been very successful, with no major piracy incident reported from 2012 to 2016, but also a ‘miracle’ that can be explained by the close cooperation of all actors involved. I zoom in on one of the core components of this cooperation, the so-called Best Management Practices (BMP), which organize state-industry relations. I present a detailed study of the making of the BMP and the territory it established, and show how it became a core tool of governance. The case study documents the analytical power of assemblage theory for understanding global governance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Governance; Assemblage Theory; Practice Theory; Maritime Piracy; Risk
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1354-0661
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 17 July 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:49

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