Rule and resistance can no longer be understood in national contexts only. They both have transnationalised over the last decades. The scholarly discourse, however, still lags behind these developments. While International Relations only sees institutional “governance”, social movement studies only see instances of resistance. Both, however, lack the necessary vocabulary to describe the dynamic interplay between systems of rule and resistance. While we are governed by transnational structures of rule, a systematic analysis of how this operates and how it can be resisted remains to be developed.
This book develops an understanding of these power relations through rich empirical case studies of different forms of rule-resistance relationships. Some resistant groups demand reforms of particular policies and institutions. Others attack institutions head-on. Yet other actors attempt to escape the rules they reject. Which forms of resistance can we expect under different kinds of rule? How can we understand transnational rule in the first place? The book gives new inspiring answers to these difficult questions.
1. Introduction by the Editors
Part I: Contestation
Introduction to the Section (Felix Anderl, Nicole Deitelhoff and Regina Hack)
2. Changing the International Rule of Development to Include Citizen Driven Accountability – A Successful Case of Contestation (Susan Park)
3. Divide and Rule? The Politics of Self-Legitimation in the WTO (Felix Anderl, Nicole Deitelhoff and Regina Hack)
4. The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel: Comparing Ecuadorian and Russian Harbouring of Whistleblowers in Light of International Civil Disobedience (Ben Kamis and Martin Schmetz)
5. Hegemony and Varieties of Contestation: Social Movements and the Struggle over Coal-Based Energy Production in Indonesia (Anna Fünfgeld)
6. Lethal Repression and Transnational Solidarity (Lesley Wood)
Part II: Escalation
Introduction to the Section (Jannik Pfister, Daniel Kaiser and Christopher Daase)
7. How Interactions within the Resistance Shape the Relationship between Resistance and Rule: Jihadism in Africa and the Middle East (Martha Crenshaw)
8. The Dynamics of Resistance and Rule in High-Capacity Authoritarian States (Hank Johnston)
9. Escalation through Cooperation: How Transnational Relations Affect Violent Resistance (Holger Marcks, Janusz Biene, Daniel Kaiser and Christopher Daase)
Part III: Exit
Introduction to the Section (Victor Kempf and Philip Wallmeier)
10. Withdrawal as Dissident Politics (Philip Wallmeier and Maik Fielitz)
11. Exiting Private Property – On the Interstitial Terrain of Becoming Communards (Ferdinand Stenglein)
12. Arundhati Roy: Framing the Limits of Radicalized Dissidence (Rina Ramdev)
13. Exodus from The Political? Workerist Conceptions of Radical Resistance (Victor Kempf)
14. Conclusion: Approaching Rule and Resistance Beyond the Nation-State
Felix Anderl is Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Christopher Daase is Professor of International Organizations, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Nicole Deitelhoff is the Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany.
Victor Kempf is Research Associate at the Chair for Practical and Social Philosophy, Humboldt University, Germany.
Jannik Pfister is Research Associate at the Chair of International Relations and Theories of Global Orders, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Philip Wallmeier is Research Associate at the Chair of International Organizations, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
In times of growing resistance at national and transnational level, the bridging of knowledge in International Relations and Social Movement Studies emerges as all the more needed. In this enterprise, the conceptualization of rule beyond the national level is a challenge that this book addresses convincingly, starting from the perspective of resistant actors. Theoretically original and empirically rich, this volume provides a ground-breaking contribution to the understanding of some of the most relevant conflicts nowadays.
Hierarchy, stable asymmetries, the structure of rule in IR: finally on the front burner. Studying rule by reference to patterns of resistance manifest in transnational social movements, and not just to the rules in play: a brand new menu. The dynamics of contestation, escalation, and refusal: fresh ingredients. In the kitchen: an ensemble of skillful cooks. This volume: a splendid three-course dinner.
This book eloquently combines social movements and international relations studies to provide an innovative approach for understanding the interaction between rule and resistance. The authors offer a range of transnational empirical examples which illustrate the three ideal types of interaction - contestation, escalation and exit. An equally insightful read for students of social movements and international relations.