Anna Holzscheiter

Anna Holzscheiter
Technische Universität Dresden | TUD · Institut für Politikwissenschaft

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Introduction
I am a Professor of International Politics with a strong interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries between Political Science, (International) Law and Sociology. My research focuses on the transformation of international institutions and norms (particularly in the areas of human rights and global health); on the dynamics of complex networks and interactions between public and private actors in international politics; and on contested political representation.
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - November 2022
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Position
  • Head of Department
Education
December 2001 - March 2006
Freie Universität Berlin
Field of study
  • International Relations
September 1999 - October 2000
University of Westminster
Field of study
  • International Relations & Political Theory
October 1996 - December 2001
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Field of study
  • Political Science (Major) - Media Studies (Minor) - English Literature (Minor)

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Publications (46)
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This article analyses global civil society advocacy in the field of child labour through the lens of theories on political representation in global governance. The article is sympathetic to newer theories on political representation which, fundamentally, understand representation as a dialectic of performative practices between representatives and...
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Germany has become a visible actor in global health in the past 10 years. In this Series paper, we describe how this development complements a broad change in perspective in German foreign policy. Catalysts for this shift have been strong governmental leadership, opportunities through G7 and G20 presidencies, and Germany's involvement in managing t...
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This article examines the power of non-state actors in transnational discourse. It sets out to construct an analytical framework for the study of power understood as effective social and linguistic practices based on immaterial capabilities. It will be argued that in the quest for adequate conceptualisations of the various non-material power resour...
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In recent years, scholarship on international organisations (IO) has devoted increasing attention to the relations in which IOs are embedded. In this article, we argue that the rationalist-institutionalist core of this scholarship has been marked by agentic, repressive understandings of power and we propose an alternative approach to power as produ...
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This paper puts forward a constructivist-interpretivist approach to interface conflicts that emphasizes how international actors articulate and problematize norm collisions in discursive and social interactions. Our approach is decidedly agency-oriented and follows the Special Issue's interest in how interface conflicts play out at the micro-level....
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Scholars of world politics can readily list the global governors of our time, but why and how did these particular actors gain agency in the first place? While there is impressive scholarship on single global governors and their respective impact, there is little comparative work and systematic theorization on what agency in world politics is and h...
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This forum seeks to honor the contributions of a scholar who has greatly influenced international relations (IR) scholarship on transnational relations and constructivist research: Thomas Risse. Best known for his pathbreaking studies on the importance of transnational actors, the power of international norms and ideas in international relations, a...
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During the pandemic, the world has experienced how the geopolitics of global health have immediate, ruthless repercussions for the lives and livelihoods of billions, say Ilona Kickbusch and Anna Holzscheiter. The challenge of a pandemic treaty negotiation process is to be responsive to these interconnected levels of geopolitics
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This chapter locates children’s rights in the context of global social governance. Social policy literature has hitherto neglected the centrality of child protection and children’s rights to many key areas of social governance such as education and healthcare. The chapter traces the history of children’s rights as a distinct sphere in international...
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To date, there has been little research on how advocacy coalitions influence the dynamic relationships between norms. Addressing norm collisions as a particular type of norm dynamics, we ask if and how advocacy coalitions and the constellations between them bring such norm collisions to the fore. Norm collisions surface in situations in which actor...
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How do regime complexes as social orders affect relations among international organizations ( IO s)? This article explores this question by studying the longitudinal development of interorganizational practices and the social meanings attached to these practices that constitute a regime complex. Adopting a practice lens, our analysis redirects scho...
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Could Malala Yousafzai have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 without a ‘real’ adult, Kailash Satyarthi, at her side? In the context of contemporary discourses on children as political actors, such recognition of the powerful role of adolescents who are shaping global politics seems inconceivable.
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This article approaches the field of global health governance from the vantage point of shared discourses and norms on the good governance of governance amongst multiple international organizations (IOs). Conceptually, we introduce metagovernance norms as constitutive, reflexive beliefs concerned with institutional order and IO interactions in a gi...
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In this special issue, we explore child rights governance as the intersection between the study of governance and the study of children, childhood, and children’s rights. Our introduction puts forward a set of theoretical points of departure for the study of child rights governance, engaging with scholarship on human rights, international relations...
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In my contribution to this collection, I aim to expose how the growing transnationalisation of groups of affected persons – in this case children and young people – has brought to the fore normative contradictions and tensions built into the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. More specifically, I will show how the universal notion of ch...
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This paper discusses competition and cooperation between boundary organizations (BOs) in the field of global health. It embeds its analysis of BOs in health in contemporary theories on institutional fragmentation and governance complexity, arguing that BOs in international politics have been a major driving force behind an often mind-boggling compl...
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This paper proposes a theoretical account of institutional transformation and the emergence of order in global inter-organisational relations, which is centred on the concept of “metagovernance”. It does so by theorising on the advent of governance architectures in global health governance—relationships between international organisations (IOs) in...
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This paper discusses contemporary engagement with the theory and analysis of discourse in international relations. It argues that discourse understood as “meaning in use” has emerged as one of the core concepts in constructivist scholarship, being of tremendous theoretical and analytical value. The paper identifies two distinct types of discourse a...
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In this article, we explore the ambivalent relationship between international advocacy non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the constituencies on whose behalf they act and speak in institutions of global governance. Our overall argument is that advocacy NGOs whose legitimacy and authority depend on their role as representatives of marginalised...
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An der Schnittstelle von Internationalen Beziehungen und Soziologie hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren ein zentrales interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld herausgebildet. Die gemeinsam von Autorenpärchen aus den Bereichen Soziologie und IB verfassten Beiträge in diesem Sonderband zeigen auf, dass Dynamiken politischer Macht und Herrschaft in einer sich...
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This paper discusses coordination efforts of both donors and recipient countries in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health outcomes in the field of HIV/AIDS. The coordination of M&E is a much underdeveloped area in HIV/AIDS programming in which, however, important first steps towards better synchronisation have already been taken. In this pa...
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This article discusses the relevance of discourse analytical approaches for a specific field of social inquiry in international political studies: the creation and transformation of international norms. It starts from the assumption that contemporary discourse scholarship in the discipline of International Relations is a vibrant yet still under-exp...
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Anyone interested in the use of discourse in IR will quickly come to realize that this area of social inquiry accommodates one of the liveliest inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogues in IR, a dialogue which comprises grand social theories like Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action,1 the critical historicism of Michel Foucault (Foucault, 1970; F...
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A critical analysis of discourse attempts to uncover struggles over meaning and to look for processes of power and exclusion that, ultimately, succeed in presenting a particular matter as uncontroversial. In order to achieve temporary consensus on the content of specific concepts (as thick signifiers rather than empty signs), discursive interaction...
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An attempt to trace back the history of childhood that governs a contemporary global vision of how a child should grow up in order to become a happy, healthy and educated adult must confront the question that has been driving historians apart for some considerable time now. Did past societies perceive of younger members of the society as children o...
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This book has set out to expand the concept and analysis of discourse in International Relations scholarship. It has sought to ascertain the place that sociolinguistic methodologies should occupy within constructivist approaches to international politics. Underlying this study has been the belief that further elaboration on the linguistic, communic...
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If one looks at the second Polish proposal — which set the agenda for discussion — and the text of the final Convention that was adopted in 1989, it is clear that the Polish draft changed significantly during the ten years of negotiations. Not only was the wording of suggested articles altered, but several new items were also added to the catalogue...
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The twentieth century can arguably be viewed as the Century of the Child. The 1960s and 1970s in particular were periods of vigorous public debate concerning the triangular relationship between children, parents and the State and marked the advent of an emerging libertarian movement for children. Retrospectively, the Convention on the Rights of the...
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At the heart of the empirical case study discussed in Part II of this book lies an international treaty-making process over the course of which a traditional perspective on the child as essentially innocent, vulnerable and passive was dramatically transformed. During the negotiations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, governmental, in...
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On 1 March 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled by a vote of 5-4 that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States forbid the execution of offenders who had not yet reached the age of 18 when committing their crime. With the United States being one of the two countries that have, until today, not ratified the UN Convent...
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This paper represents an attempt to merge ongoing engagement with the theory and practice of global governance, and newer approaches to the role of organisational discourse in the institutionalisation of transnational governance structures. Thus, the paper envisages deepening and expanding the understanding of global governance in the discipline of...

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Human rights are one (maybe even the) central component of the Liberal Script, often leading to an equation between human rights and liberalism. At the same time, the nexus between human rights and liberalism is predominantly attributed to the influence of Western/Northern liberal democracies on international human rights law-making. The project aims to expose how representatives of the global South have engaged with the notion of liberalism – as authors, owners, interpreters and con-testers of liberal ideas in discourses on human rights. We focus on these different kinds of contestation to analyze the ways in which actors from the global South have shaped the international human rights regime.
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Although frames have been studied extensively in fields such as political psychology, social movements, international relations or political communication, the main focus of the existing research is their persuasiveness, in other words the factors that affect their persuasiveness. This project askes a neglected question: Where do frames come from in the first place? Why do actors choose the specific frames they use? The project thus aims to create a new, comparative research agenda that investigates when and how specific statements emerge in a political debate, by which kinds of actors they are proposed, and whether and how they diffuse to others. The project studies frames in five issue areas (trade, immigration, environment, global health, and transparency), with two carefully selected political debates in each of these issue areas.
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How and when do young people meaningfully participate in global policy-making? What explains their inclusion/exclusion in global governance? In this project, we investigate young people's possibilities of political representation as well as the dynamics of their relationships with other actors in global governance institutions by comparing three fields of international politics: climate, migration and health.