Institutional Bricolage and Global Governmentality

Philip G. Cerny

in Rethinking World Politics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733699
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776740 | DOI:
Institutional Bricolage and Global Governmentality

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This chapter continues the theme of governmentality by addressing the thorny problem of how international regimes, institutions, and other forms of so-called global governance fit into this picture. It argues that the ad hoc, trial-and-error, and issue-specific character of the development of these institutional structures — what anthropologists call bricolage — constitutes a fundamentally uneven, sometimes schizophrenic, and very often inefficient quasi-superstructure for both the top-down tackling of global or transnational challenges, and the bottom-up pursuit of those interests and values most highly prioritized by transnational (as well as domestic and local) interest and value groups.

Keywords: international relations; globalization; governance; bricolage

Chapter.  7466 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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