M. Beisheim and A. Liese (eds), Transnational Partnerships: Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Transnational partnerships are a relatively new form of governance. Why are some of them highly effective, while others are not? The contributors provide an in-depth account, analysis, and comparison of 21 transnational partnerships in the area of sustainable development governance – an area where partnerships have been hailed by some as a key means of implementation but criticized by others. Moreover, 45 local projects undertaken by four partnerships in so-called ‘areas of limited statehood’ in South Asia (Bangladesh and India) and East Africa (Kenya and Uganda) are studied. The central aim of this volume is to identify the conditions under which these transnational partnerships are effective, that is, successful in providing collective goods (from clean water to child immunization) in areas of limited statehood. The book investigates the influence of several features of a partnership’s institutional design as well as the impact of limited statehood on the effectiveness of a partnership. The final section presents key findings. The third phase of the research project, to be concluded in 2017, explores whether the “lessons learned” translate into a new institutional framework – also at the UN level – for a second generation of post-2015 partnerships for sustainable development.

About the Editors
Dr. Marianne Beisheim is Senior Researcher at “Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik”, an independent research center charged with providing analysis and recommendations to the German Parliament and Federal Government on international affairs. Her research focuses on global governance issues in the field of sustainable development (intergovernmental negotiations and also activities of non-state actors).

Currently, the follow-up of UNCSD 2012 (Rio+20) is at the centre of her attention (Sustainable Development Goals, High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the new review mechanism, Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus). Moreover, she directs a project on “Partnerships for Sustainable Development”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

From 2003 till 2010 Marianne Beisheim was Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft. From 2000 till 2005 she worked for the German Parliament, first for the Study Commission “Globalisation of the World Economy – Challenges and Answers” (2000–2002) and later in the office of the Chairman of the Environment Committee, Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (2002-2005). Previous to this, she was a Research Associate at the University of Bremen (1994-2000).