Rule and Resistance in a transnational context

"Rule and Resistance Beyond the Nation State. Contestation, Escalation, Exit." New book by Nicole Deitelhoff and Christopher Daase

Protestor in Petach Tikva, Israel.

Protestor in Petach Tikva, Israel. Foto: Naaman Saar Stavy | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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.

The book is edited by Nicole Deitelhoff, Christopher Daase and published by Rowman & Littlefield International