This book presents the research agenda as well as empirical findings of the Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich), “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood,” which is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). The Research Center is located at the Freie Universitat Berlin, with partners at the Social Science Center Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, the SWP German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the University of Potsdam, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Such research centers provide a unique opportunity for joint interdisciplinary research for an extended period of time (up to twelve years divided into three funding periods of four years each, following intensive and on-site evaluations). In our case, the Research Center encompasses nineteen individual research projects of political scientists, historians, and legal scholars. More than thirty doctoral students and nine postdocs collaborate in these projects. We are very grateful to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for providing us with this opportunity.

In addition, we thank two anonymous reviewers for their detailed comments on the draft. We also thank Ursula Lehmkuhl, former co-coordinator of the Research Center, and Gregor Walter-Drop, our managing director, for their continuous contributions and inspiration. Last but not least, special thanks go to Anne Routon at Columbia University Press for her support for this project, to Christopher Pitts for a superb copyediting job, to Alison Alexanian at Columbia University Press for her help with the production process, and, finally, to Alexandra Kuhles for proofreading.

Berlin, May 2011

governance without a state?

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