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Governance crosses and blurs borders: disciplinary, geographical, thematic, conceptual. This collection of 127 articles from fourteen different authors assembles incisive contributions on a variety of urgent questions of our age. What is global and what is local in contemporary capitalism? What makes markets tick? How can we regulate finance? Who owns knowledge? What makes expertise? How can we protect the environment and fight poverty? And many more. Structured around different themes, the book invites readers to browse and delve deeper into the issues researched and analyzed over the course of four years on the governance across borders blog.
For more information and free full-text download visit the blogbook page.
GovernanceXBorders co-editor Phil Mader contributes a review of Wolfgang Streeck’s new book “Gekaufte Zeit: Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus“, a book which is highly critical of transnational regimes, at least regarding the European Union’s crisis management, at TheCurrentMoment.
Today GovernanceXBorders co-editor Phil Mader contributes a guest post on microfinance and European austerity politics over at TheCurrentMoment.
Starting into our fifth year of blogging about governance across borders, I am pleased to continue the tradition of providing statistics on the foregoing year of blogging. For the first time we are able to present the top 5 countries our visitors came from, since our blog hosting provider wordpress.com has expanded its respective statistics features.
Top 5 blog posts 2012 (in terms of visitors):
- The State of IFRS in Africa: Is IFRS in Disarray?
- (Self-)Plagiarism in Academia and Architecture
- Securitization Revisited (1): Inside the shadow banking system
- Anonymous Attacks German Collecting Society GEMA*
- Transnational Ideas and Local Culture: Reading Sally Engle Merry’s Book on Human Rights and Gender Violence
* also #4 in the Top 5 of 2011
Top 5 search terms guiding visitors to our blog in 2012:
- Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis (also #1 in 2011)
- anonymous (also #3 in 2011)
- wise cartoons
- china garment industry poverty
New: Top 5 countries our visitors came from in 2012:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Top 5 tags attached to blog posts in 2012:
- transnational governance (4 out of 15 in 2012)
- copyright (4/20)
- Microfinance / Microcredit (4/42)
- IASB (3/6)
- Germany (3/10)
Top series in 2012:
- Algorithm Regulation (3 out of 3 posts in 2012)
- 10 Years of Creative Commons (3/3)
- Bordercrossing Books (3/9)
In total we have published 53 new posts in 2012, continuing our long-time average of about one post per week, and have received 151 comments (including our own trackbacks to previous articles). The latter means that the number of comments is about 25% lower than last year, when we had counted 208 comments and trackbacks.
End of June seems to be the conference date in 2012. After Olga pointed to the Call for Papers to this year’s SASE conference in Boston, I am happy to announce the Call for Paper for the “Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge” taking place in Berlin June 29 to July 1, 2012. To some degree, this conference resembles the “Free Culture Research Conference” held in 2010 (see also: “Retrospect” and “Conference Documentation“), in that it tries to gather researchers of different disciplines working on free knowledge in general and Wikipedia in particular.
The Wikipedia Academy is hosted by the Alexander on Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Wikimedia Germany. Extended abstracts can be submitted by March 31 (see Submission Process). Topics of interest are:
2012 will be our fourth year of collaboratively blogging about governance across borders. Fortunately, more and more researchers in related fields start running blogs, as well. Recently, for example, the research group on “Cultural Sources of Newness” at the Social Science Research Center (WZB) in Berlin has started their blog, which I highly recommend. Specifically Ariane Berthoin Antal provides most interesting reflections on newness in general and newness in academia in particular – at an impressive pace.
Top 5 blog posts 2011 (in terms of visitors):
- Boarding Berlin: The Pirate Party Triumph in the German Capital (FAQ)
- Transnational Studies and Governance # 3: Studies on ‘global’ markets in history*
- The Dark Side of Copyright’s Force: LucasArts v. YouTube v. Greenpeace v. VW [Update]
- Anonymous Attacks German Collecting Society GEMA
- The “Why?” of Andhra Pradesh – An Interview with Malcolm Harper
* also #1 in the Top 5 of 2010
Top 5 search terms guiding visitors to our blog in 2011:
- Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis
- post-socialism (also #2 in 2010)
- anonymous gema
- Milford Bateman microfinance (also #4 in 2010)
- transnational institutions
Top 5 tags attached to blog posts in 2011:
- Microfinance / Microcredit (16 out of 38 in 2011)
- Google (7/15)
- Creative Commons (7/22)
- YouTube (6/9)
- copyright (6/16)
Top series in 2011:
In total we published 56 new posts in 2011 – three more than last year but still short of the 64 posts we had in our first year of blogging in 2009. We thus did not manage to reach our self-imposed goal for 2011, which was to “beat the 2009 level of posts but keep the comment-per-article ratio at 2″ (see statistics for 2010). However, we still have on average one post per week and we received 208 new comments last year. This means that we managed to double the comment-per-article ratio the second year in a row, from 2 to 4.
We also very much appreciate a growing number of guest bloggers (see guestxborders). For 2011, we are indebted to Domen Bajde, Elke Schüßler and Matthias Thiemann, who will return in 2012 to continue his series “Securitization Revisited“.
A recurrent theme on this blog is how the seemingly global online world is still - and in some fields even increasingly – divided by barriers, which are still tied to national borders. In this context, about eight months ago our article “This Post is Available in Your Country” featured a painting by the Hungarian artist Paul Mutant that ironically addressed the omnipresence of blocked video content on the web. Actually, very recently a Berlin based copyright expert told me that, for example, in Germany the majority of videos on YouTube were blocked because of (alleged) copyright infringements.
In an exhibition in the Három Hét Galéria in Budapest, Mutant now takes his idea to the extreme, as is evidenced by the pictures below (all photos provided by the artist).
Not least to celebrate their first and very successful year of blogging, the crew of the German theorieblog invited fellow German research bloggers to a one-day workshop at Humboldt University Berlin on April 9, 2011. With the help of the online-tool Piratepad some of the participants including myself collaboratively crafted a short workshop report. Since the original report is available in German only, in what follows I present a shortened version in English and ask my fellow co-authors from Berliner Gazette, Blogmacherei, Mind at Work, Sicherheitskulturen, Theorieblog, and Verfassungsblog to forgive me any imperfect or crude translations.
How important are offline activities for blogs? The workshop organized by the team of the Theorieblog has given a clear answer to that question: in spite of all blog-euphoria, offline is indispensable. The workshop, attended by over 22 male and female bloggers, was meant to be structured alongside three major themes:
- What makes a good blog post?
- Blogs and their readers
- Blogs and the wider public
As the discussions soon showed, these issues were difficult to keep apart and debates circled around the following, overarching questions: How do (research) blogs position themselves in the context of research and the public and how and with what aims are we blogging? Read the rest of this entry »
After more than two years of blogging we thought our blog deserved its own URL:
Of course, links to the original URL (governancexborders.wordpress.com) will be automatically redirected.
Last year we celebrated the first birthday of this blog by sharing some statistics provided by our open source blogging software WordPress in form of the all-too popular end-of-the-year-listings – a tradition, which we continue after our second year of blogging:
Top 5 blog posts 2010 (in terms of visitors):
- Transnational Studies and Governance # 3: Studies on ‘global’ markets in history
- Fair Value Accounting in Retreat?*
- Regulating Over the Counter Derivatives: Is Global Agreement Possible?
- Extending Private Copying Levies: Approaching a Cultural Flat-rate?
- Eastern Frontiers: The Good, the Bad and the Church
* also #3 in the Top 5 of 2009
Top 5 search terms guiding visitors to our blog in 2010:
- Transnational governance (#3 in 2009)
- Kindle controversy (#1 in 2009)
- Milford Bateman microfinance
- fair value accounting (#2 in 2009)
Top 5 tags attached to blog posts in 2010:
- Microfinance / Microcredit (12 out of 22 in 2010)
- Creative Commons (6/15)
- Development (5/12)
- Piracy (4/6)
Financial Crisis (4/9)
Transnational governance (4/10)
Copyright / Copyright Regime (4/14)
Top 5 series in 2010:
- Andrah Pradesh Microfinance Crisis (8 out of 8 posts in 2010)
- The Bateman Controversy (4/4)
- The Series Series (3/4)
- Bordercrossing Books (2/2)
Wise Cartoons (2/2)
While in total we published 53 posts in 2010 – down 11 compared to 64 posts in 2009 – we have received a total of 113 comments, doubling our comment-per-article ratio from 1 to 2. We again met our self-imposed goal of publishing on average at least one post per week – it was, however, closer this year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2011: beat the 2009 level of posts but keep the comment-per-article ratio at 2.