The Politics of Expertise: Competing for Authority in Global Governance - Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics (Paperback)Ole Jacob Sending (author)
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Drawing on insights from sociology, political science, and institutional theory, Sending challenges theories centered on particular actors authority, whether it is the authority of so-called epistemic communities, the moral authority of advocacy groups, or the rational-legal authority of international organizations. Using in-depth and historically oriented case studies of population and peacebuilding, he demonstrates that authority is not given nor located in any set of particular actors. Rather, continuous competition for recognition as an authority to determine what is to be governed, by whom, and for what purpose shapes global governance in fundamental ways.
Advancing a field-based approach, Sending highlights the political stakes disguised by the technical language of professionals and thus opens a broader public debate over the key issues of our time.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
Stephen Hopgood, SOAS, University of London
Sending s reputation as one of the most astute and creative observers of global governance is solidified with this cogent, timely, and field-bending book.
Michael Barnett, George Washington University
Erudite, informative, insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking. . . a critically important contribution tocollegeand university library Contemporary Political Science reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. .
Midwest Book Review
Ole Jacob Sending s Bourdieu-inspired analysis brings new theoretical resources and historical depth to understanding global governance. Incisive and revealing, this is a cutting-edge contribution.
Michael Williams, University of Ottawa
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