The Governor's Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents

ISBN : 9780198855064

Kenneth W. Abbott; Bernhard Zangl; Duncan Snidal; Philipp Genschel
304 ページ
156 x 234 mm

The Governor's Dilemma develops a general theory of indirect governance based on the tradeoff between governor control and intermediary competence; the empirical chapters apply that theory to a diverse range of cases encompassing both international relations and comparative politics. The theoretical framework paper starts from the observation that virtually all governance is indirect, carried out through intermediaries. But governors in indirect governance relationships face a dilemma: competent intermediaries gain power from the competencies they contribute, making them difficult to control, while efforts to control intermediary behavor limit important intermediary competencies, including expertise, credibility, and legitimacy. Thus, governors can obtain either high intermediary competence or strong control, but not both. This competence-control tradeoff is a common condition of indirect governance, whether governors are domestic or international, public or private, democratic or authoritarian; and whether governance addresses economic, security, or social issues. The empirical chapters analyze the operation and implications of the governor's dilemma in cases involving the governance of violence (e.g., secret police, support for foreign rebel groups, private security companies), the governance of markets (e.g., the Euro crisis, capital markets, EU regulation, the G20), and cross-cutting governance issues (colonial empires, "). Competence-control theory helps explain many features of governance that other theories cannot: why indirect governance is not limited to principal-agent delegation, but takes multiple forms; why governors create seemingly counter-productive intermediary relationships; and why indirect governance is frequently unstable over time.


Part I. Theoretical Framework

1 Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, and Bernhard Zangl: Competence-Control Theory: The Challenge of Governing through Intermediaries

Part II. Governing Violence

2 Paul K. MacDonald: The Governor's Dilemma in Colonial Empires

3 Henry Thomson: The Authoritarian Governor's Dilemma: Controlling the Secret Police in Socialist Poland and East Germany

4 Alexander Thompson: Competence over Control: The Politics of Multilateral Weapons Inspections

5 Idean Salehyan: Militias and the Iraqi State: Shifting Modes of Indirect Governance

6 Henning Tamm: The Invader's Dilemma: Enlisting Rebel Groups

7 Andreas Kruck: Governing Private Security Companies: Politics, Dependence and Control

Part III. Governing Markets

8 Jack Seddon and Walter Mattli: Governing Capital Markets

9 Felix Biermann and Berthold Rittberger: Balancing Competence and Control: Indirect Governance Triangles in EU Regulation

10 Thomas Rixen and Lora Viola: Indirect Governance in Global Financial Regulation

11 Manuela Moschella: Managing the Euro Crisis: Why Enlist the IMF?

12 Johannes Gerschewski: Governing Markets in Autocratic Regimes

Part IV. Implications for Democracy

13 Mark A. Pollack: Trump's Dilemma


Kenneth W. Abbott is Jack E. Brown Chair in Law and Professor of Global Studies Emeritus at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of international institutions, international law, and international relations. He studies public and private governance in fields including environmental protection and he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair at Northwestern University School of Law, and served as director of Northwestern's Center for International and Comparative Studies. He is a Lead Faculty member of the Earth System Governance Project, and a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, Regulation & Governance, and Journal of International Economic Law. ; Bernhard Zangl is a Professor of Global Governance at LMU Munich's Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science. His research focuses on the role of international institutions in global governance. He is a co-editor of International Organizations as Orchestrators. His research was published in the Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Organizations, Journal of Common Market Studies among others. He studied in Tubingen and Pisa, holds a PhD from the Universitat Bremen, and has held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the Berlin Social Science Center. ; Duncan Snidal is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of both Nuffield College and the British Academy; he previously taught at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on problems of international cooperation and institutions with an emphasis on institutional design. He is co-editor of International Organizations as Orchestrators and co-author of Institutional Choice and Global Commerce. Recent articles have appeared in International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Annals of the American Academy. He is cofounder of the journal International Theory and general co-editor of a forthcoming twelve volume set of Oxford Handbooks of International Relations. ; Philipp Genschel is Professor of Comparative and European Public Policy at the European University Institute in Florence; he is on leave from Jacobs University Bremen. His research focuses on the political economy of governance at the national, the European and the international level. He is co-editor of Beyond the Regulatory Polity? The European Integration of Core State Powers (OUP 2014), of International Organizations as Orchestrators (CUP 2015), and of the Tax Introduction Database. Recent articles have appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Political Economy and Review of International Organization.