The research project is led by Professor Jonas Tallberg at the Department of Political Science.
The research project is led by Professor Jonas Tallberg at the Department of Political Science.

The legitimacy of global governance institutions (GGIs) among state and societal actors has become a crucial issue in world politics. Legitimacy is required for global governance to handle major policy problems; however, since the 1990s GGIs have been substantially contested. This program investigates how legitimacy operates in global governance: why, how, and with what consequences do GGIs gain, sustain and lose legitimacy? This question is explored through three themes: sources of legitimacy; legitimation and delegitimation strategies; and consequences of legitimacy.

The program promises three significant contributions. First, while most existing research on GGI legitimacy takes a normative approach, this program develops a sociological approach, examining the concrete social conditions of GGI legitimacy. Second, this program moves beyond the traditional focus on states as the principal legitimating audience of GGIs to consider a full spectrum of social actors. Third, while existing empirical research primarily has relied on singlecase studies, this program has an ambitious comparative mixed-method design, combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. The program links three internationally prominent Swedish research groups with a track record of productive cooperation and excellent international networks.

The twelve researchers involved in the project are Hans Agné, Lisa Dellmuth, Thomas Sommerer, Karin Bäckstrand and Jonas Tallberg from the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, Magdalena Bexell, Anders Uhlin, Fariborz Zelli, Catia Gregoratti and Kristina Jönsson at Lund University and Jan Scholte and Fredrik Söderbaum at the University of Gothenburg.