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Global Legitimacy Crises

Decline and Revival in Multilateral Governance

Thomas Sommerer & Fariborz Zelli & Bart Bes & Hans Agné

Global Legitimacy Crises

Global Legitimacy Crises

Decline and Revival in Multilateral Governance

Global Legitimacy Crises

 

Global Legitimacy Crises addresses the consequences of legitimacy in global governance, specifically: when and how do legitimacy crises affect international organizations and their capacity to rule.


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Beschrijving Global Legitimacy Crises

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.

Global Legitimacy Crises addresses the consequences of legitimacy in global governance, in particular asking: when and how do legitimacy crises affect international organizations and their capacity to rule. The book starts with a new conceptualization of legitimacy crisis that looks at public challenges from a variety of actors. Based on this conceptualization, it applies a mixed-methods approach to identify and examine legitimacy crises, starting with a quantitative analysis of mass
media data on challenges of a sample of 32 IOs. It shows that some, but not all organizations have experienced legitimacy crises, spread over several decades from 1985 to 2020. Following this, the book presents a qualitative study to further examine legitimacy crises of two selected case studies: the WTO and
the UNFCCC. Whereas earlier research assumed that legitimacy crises have negative consequences, the book introduces a theoretical framework that privileges the activation inherent in a legitimacy crisis. It holds that this activation may not only harm an IO, but could also strengthen it, in terms of its material, institutional, and decision-making capacity. The following statistical analysis shows that whether a crisis has predominantly negative or positive effects depends on a variety of
factors. These include the specific audience whose challenges define a certain crisis, and several institutional properties of the targeted organization. The ensuing in-depth analysis of the WTO and the UNFCCC further reveals how legitimacy crises and both positive and negative consequences are
interlinked, and that effects of crises are sometimes even visible beyond the organizational borders.


ISBN
9780192856326
Pagina's
240
Verschenen
NUR
754
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Politicologie