“It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

World Politics in a Postgovernance World

In: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations
Matthias Hofferberth University of Texas at San Antonio United States San Antonio, Texas

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Daniel Lambach Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany Frankfurt am Main

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This article contends that practices of, and reflections on, global governance are diversifying without any particular teleology. Therefore, it proposes a “postgovernance” perspective to capture and make sense of the multiplicity of concurrent developments. Just like post-punk followed punk rock and provided new energy, postgovernance provides opportunities to revitalize debates on world politics. Postgovernance allows both scholars and practitioners to consider the persistence of “traditional” forms of global governance as well as the simultaneous emergence of new approaches. This article thus proposes postgovernance as a mode of world politics in a postparadigmatic world that is dynamic yet inconsistent. We advance this argument by outlining what postgovernance entails, by taking stock of current debates from a postgovernance perspective, and by discussing how these can be advanced from a postgovernance point of view.

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