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.
Introduction, Christopher Daase and Felix Anderl / Part I: Contestation / Part Introduction, Nicole Deitelhoff, Regina Hack, Felix Anderl / 1. Contesting International Development by Advocating for Citizen Driven Accountability for the Multilateral Development Banks, Susan Park / 2. The last Refuge of the Scoundrel: Comparing Ecuadorian and Russian Harbouring of Whistleblowers in Light of International Civil Disobedience, Ben Kamis & Martin Schmetz / 3. Security, Justice, and Oligarchy: Struggles over Hegemony in Indonesia’s Energy Politics, Anna Fünfgeld / 4. Divide and Rule? The Politics of Self-Legitimation in the WTO (Felix Anderl, Nicole Deitelhoff, Regina Hack / Part II: Escalation / Part Introduction, Jannik Pfister, Christopher Daase, Daniel Kaiser / 5. The Intersection of Rule and Resistance: Interactions among jihadist groups facing government pressure, Martha Crenshaw / 6. The Dialectics of Resistance and Rule in High-Capacity Authoritarian States, Hank Johnston / 7. Escalation through Cooperation: How Transnational Relations Affect Violent Dissidence, Janusz Biene, Daniel Kaiser, Holger Marcks, Christopher Daase / 8. Repression, Solidarity and Transnational Escalation, Lesley Wood / Part III: Exit / Part Introduction, Victor Kempf, Maik Fielitz, Philip Wallmeier / 9. Withdrawal as Radicalization, Philip Wallmeier/Maik Fielitz / 10. Arundhati Roy and the Framing of a ‘Radicalised’ Dissent, Rina Ramdev / 11. Exiting the Rule of Property and Value - On Becoming Communard, Ferdinand Stenglein / 12. Exodus from Politics? Post-Workerist Conceptions of Radical Resistance, Victor Kempf / Conclusion
Christopher Daase is Professor of International Organizations, Goethe University Frankfurt.
Felix Anderl is Research Associate at the chair “International Relations and Theories of Global Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.
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.