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GGSJ Senior Researcher and Associate Editor of European Political Science Review (EPSR), Karim Knio will be editing a new Handbook on the International Political Economy of the State, which will be published by Edward Elgar  publishers.

The handbook will add to Elgar’s Series of Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy (edited by Benjamin J. Cohen and Matthew Watson) covering issues such as migration, agriculture and food, production, trade, monetary relations and governance.

The new Handbook, which will include prominent scholars on the topic, offers a comprehensive picture of contemporary trends within IPE in relation to the State by highlighting its specific processes of historical contextualization. Its aim is twofold: (1) to offer a traditional and coherent overview of the main theories and themes in relation to the state and IPE and (2) to do so with a degree of ingenuity.

In offering a close and thorough look at the extant conceptualizations of the State and state institutions (formal and informal), the book will also bring theoretical coherence to the field.

The handbook should be available in 2018.edward-elgar1-300x88


A brief report highlighting research ouputs and other activities by researchers attached to the ISS Research Group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ) has just been released.

The report can be downloaded here.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).

Forthcoming Governance Lectures

Category: Events

23 Sep 2015

There are two forthcoming lunchtime lectures on governance that we would like to bring to your attention

On 1 October 2015, Daphina Misiedjan, a PhD candidate at Utrecht University will present on: The human right to water in Suriname: a paradox of scarcity and abundance

On 8 October 2015, Dr. Nathanael Ali, lecturer and postdoc researcher at Erasmus School of law will present on Dynamism and the Erosion of Procedural Safeguards in International Governance of Terrorism

Both lectures will be held in room 4.01, from 13 – 14 hrs.

You are very welcome to attend!


Daphina Misiedjan

Nathanael Tilahun Ali

On 17 September 2015, Nathanael Ali will defend his PhD Dissertation at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The title of his dissertation is: Dynamism and the Erosion of Procedural Safeguards in International Governance of Terrorism


Nathanael is based within the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) at EUR, where he is also a lecturer. He has been supervised by Professor Ellen Hey (promoter) of the ESL and Dr. Jeff Handmaker (co-promoter), GGSJ senior researcher at ISS.

From September 2015, he will be employed as a Post Doc researcher in the Research Excellence Initiative in which several researchers at ESL and ISS are participating.

You can find Nathanael Ali’s profile here.

Date: 17 September 2015

Time: 15.30 hrs

Place: Senaatszaal, Campus Woudestein (EUR), Rotterdam.

A brief report highlighting research ouputs and other activities by researchers attached to the ISS Research Group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ) has just been released.

The report can be downloaded here.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).


Dr. Matt Bishop has joined the GGSJ Research Programme as a visiting researcher, courtesy of the Mundus MAPP programme co-ordinated by Dr. Karim Knio.

mbishopWe asked him to introduce himself and his work to us:

“I am a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. I teach courses on small states, international relations theory, and international politics; I co-ordinate our MPhil/PhD programme; and I’m also the managing editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy.

I’m originally from the UK, and spent my entire student life at the University of Sheffield, where I also did my PhD, the focus of which was a comparative analysis of development in the tiny islands of the Anglophone and Francophone Eastern Caribbean. This later became my book The Political Economy of Caribbean Development, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. I remain attached to SPERI and manage a blog.



The National Science Foundation-supported Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI) program of the University of Michigan¹s School of Natural Resources and Environment seeks paper and poster submissions for its workshop on Central African Forests in Paris on September 19 and 20, 2013. The workshop will focus on some of the most critical issues in the region related to forests, governance, climate change, local livelihoods, and driving concerns about power, inequality, and institutions.

The Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI) Project is an interdisciplinary, multi-year study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor funded by the National Science Foundation. The workshop will feature thematically organized presentations based on recent research in the region and invites researchers with an interest in social and ecological outcomes and methods relevant to the analysis of such outcomes in forest landscapes. We encourage submissions in particular from graduate students and younger researchers, professionals, NGOs, and activists that address the following five themes relevant to the tropical forests of the Congo Basin: More

Between 11 and 16 March 2013, Professor Wil Hout attended the workshop on Political Conditionalities and Foreign Aid during the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz. The workshop was directed by Nadia Molenaers (Institute for Development Policy Management, University of Antwerp), Jörg Faust (German Development Institute, Bonn) and Sebastian Dellepiane (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). It brought together some 20 scholars working on issues of aid and conditionalities.

Wil Hout’s paper was entitled “Governance beyond the European Consensus on Development: What Drives EU Aid Selectivity?”

The paper focuses on the ‘governance turn’ in the development policies of the European Union, represented in particular by the adoption of the ‘European Consensus on Development’ in 2005. The main assumption inherent in the EU approach to development is that the quality of governance in developing countries is a crucial (co-) determinant of development outcomes. The paper sets up an analysis of the allocation of funds (over €50 billion during the 2007-13 period) through the EU’s main policy instruments: the European Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, and the Development Cooperation Instrument. The paper attempts to establish whether any dominant explanation, or combination of explanations, given in the literature on development assistance, is able to account for the allocation of those parts of the funds that are meant to be spent on governance reform. Three sets of hypotheses are tested, each derived from one of the dominant explanatory models of development assistance: donor interest, recipient need and constructivist models. The findings of the empirical analyses emphasise the role of donor-interest variables, but show that recipient needs play a (seemingly subordinate) role in decisions on EU aid allocation.

The description of the workshop, including all the papers that were presented, can be found online.

International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.