Legal pluralism and hybrid governance : bridging two research linesLegal pluralism and hybrid governance : bridging two research lines
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Development processes, actors and policies
2016Beverly Hills, Calif., 2016
Development and change. - Beverly Hills, Calif.
47(2016):2, p. 346-366
University of Antwerp
Legal pluralism and hybrid governance are two lines of research that address the interactions between state (official) and non-state (unofficial) norms. Both come to similar observations, yet they seem hardly aware of each other's existence. With very few exceptions, the one does not refer to the other. This article seeks to explore whether links can be established. It presents both lines of research, identifies common ground, explores what they can learn from each other, and seeks to find whether the distance can be bridged. It concludes that legal pluralism and hybrid governance could be mutually reinforcing if scholars in the two lines were aware of and used each other's findings and methods, and saw each other as complementary