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Edited by Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold
Editing the International Handbook on Informal Governance has been both demanding and rewarding in a number of ways. Without the constraint of having to limit ourselves to the usual 10–12 book chapters, but instead being able to start with the ambition to include all the important authors that have been writing on this subject, implied great freedom in commissioning contributions for the handbook. But the global reach of this project, taking us beyond our usual ‘comfort zone’ of studying European Union politics, also required new research. The result of ‘going global’ (building on the much narrower foundations of Christiansen and Piattoni’s earlier Informal Governance in the European Union), allowed – and forced – us to look at the practices in other parts of the world, within global regimes and at the national, local and regional levels. In the process, we have been struck ourselves by both the extent of the work done on informal practices globally, and the diversity of approaches and definitions with which the subject is approached. In selecting and organising the contributions to this handbook, our aim has been to do justice to this range of work being done on informal governance, while at the same time demonstrating the opportunities for further systematic enquiry into phenomena that are too often regarded as elusive or are just being ignored. The scope and the size of this project also means that more thanks are due than for an ordinary book project. First of all, we owe thanks to Alex O’Connell...