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Commentary: On Fragmentation, Differentiation, and Coordination

Michael Zürn () and Benjamin Faude
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Benjamin Faude: Benjamin Faude is a junior research fellow at the Global Governance Research Unit of the Social Science Research Center, Berlin, and a PhD candidate at the Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany.

Global Environmental Politics, 2013, vol. 13, issue 3, 119-130

Abstract: This commentary takes up conceptual issues raised in the introduction. Discussing the contributions to this volume, we offer three points. First, the concept of fragmentation needs theoretical clarification, which can be provided to some extent by sociological differentiation theory. We suggest a typology of different types of fragmentation. Second, differentiation theory helps to improve understanding of the different causes of fragmentation. Third, a high level of institutional differentiation is an important characteristic of modernity at many levels of politics. It is not fragmentation per se, but rather the (lack of) coordination of fragmented or differentiated institutions, that is a problem for global governance. © 2013 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keywords: fragmentation; differentiation; coordination; global governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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