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Accountability in Global GovernancePluralist Accountability in Global Governance$
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Gisela Hirschmann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198861249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198861249.001.0001

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Pluralist Accountability and Legitimacy

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Accountability in Global Governance

Gisela Hirschmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main arguments, discusses the theoretical and practical implications of the findings, and outlines avenues for future research. Moreover, this chapter discusses the normative-theoretical implications of pluralist accountability for international organization legitimacy and demonstrates why pluralist accountability is not a panacea for the (re)legitimation of international organizations. This normative assessment proceeds in two steps. First, I argue that in the absence of vertical accountability in light of human rights violations in global governance, pluralist accountability is an important means of procedural control that restrains the exercise of authority. In a second step, I demonstrate the legitimacy-enhancing potential of pluralist accountability in comparison with vertical accountability. I evaluate pluralist accountability in terms of two criteria, namely, participation and transparency. The book concludes by pointing out potential limitations of pluralist accountability in terms of the danger of “multiple accountability disorder” and the degree of legalization.

Keywords:   pluralist accountability, legitimacy, human rights violations, vertical accountability, multiple accountability disorder, legalization

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