Christian Bueger to talk at CGG Lecture Series (Hamburg), Dec 10

CGG Lecture Series: Cobuegerntestation, Knowledge, Practice: Contributions to the Debate in Global Governance, Constitutionalism and World Society

Mi. 10. Dezember 2014, 18:00 c.t. Uhr
ESA-1, Hörsaal C

Experimental Governance: Lessons from the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Dr. Christian Bueger, Cardiff University, UK


Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been successfully contained. A core role in this success story has been an informal global governance arrangement, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. This presentation discusses the practices of governance the group has developed to coordinate and steer the fight against piracy. Based on two years of ethnographic observations and a practice theoretical framework, the group is described as a form of “experimental governance”. Drawing on a range of empirical stories, the concept of experimental governance is discussed in detail and a range of lessons for other issue areas sketched out.

Christian Bueger is Reader in International Relations at Cardiff University. He is currently the principal investigator of the research project Counter-Piracy Governance – A Praxiographic Analysis. His research focusses on maritime security, international organization, international practice theory, the sociology of knowledge production and methodology. He is currently co-editor of the Worlding Beyond the West book series (Routledge), and associate editor of the forthcoming European Journal of International Security (Cambridge). His most recent publications include International Practice Theory: New Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, with Frank Gadinger), and Pathways to Practice: Praxiography and International Politics (European Political Science Review). Further information is available at