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Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences

Jonas Tallberg, Karin Bäckstrand, and Jan Aart Scholte


Legitimacy is central for the capacity of global governance institutions to address problems such as climate change, trade protectionism, and human rights abuses. However, despite legitimacy’s importance for global governance, its workings remain poorly understood. That is the core concern of this volume: to develop an agenda for systematic and comparative research on legitimacy in global governance. In complementary fashion, the chapters address different aspects of the overarching question: whether, why, how, and with what consequences global governance institutions gain, sustain, and lose l ... More

Keywords: legitimacy, legitimation, global governance, international organization, international institution, audience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonas Tallberg, editor
Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University

Karin Bäckstrand, editor
Professor in Environmental Social Science, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University

Jan Aart Scholte, editor
Professor of Peace and Development in the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

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Part I Introduction

1 Introduction

Jonas Tallberg, Karin Bäckstrand, and Jan Aart Scholte

Part II Sources of Legitimacy

Part III Processes of Legitimation and Delegitimation

6 Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance

Karin Bäckstrand and Fredrik Söderbaum

7 Audiences of (De)Legitimation in Global Governance

Magdalena Bexell and Kristina Jönsson

Part IV Consequences of Legitimacy

9 Consequences of Legitimacy in Global Governance

Thomas Sommerer and Hans Agné

Part V Commentaries

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