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Surveying elites about global governance: challenges and solutions

We are commonly told, current prospects for global governance are grim, hampered by institutional shortcomings, dissatisfaction among emerging powers, the rise of economic nationalism and rejection of globalism by populists. But what is the actual situation, if we consider the attitudes of the people who most directly influence whether and how global governance happens, namely elites?

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Sverige bör investera i internationell omstart

Den nationella vägen är kontraproduktiv för den fortsatta hanteringen av coronakrisen. Riskerna om man inte investerar i det internationella samarbetet förskräcker.

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Vulnerable yet solid: the legitimacy of the WHO

The WHO has been exposed to several legitimacy crises over the years, yet the legitimacy of the organization appears solid. How can we understand this paradox?

Nora Stappert

Legitimacy and Legitimation in Global Governance in and through Law

Global governance is permeated with legal language, to an extent that, in practice, many international lawyers seem to treat legitimacy and legality synonymously.

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The United Nations at 74: Legitimacy in Question?

The annual United Nations Day invites reflection on the health of this international organization. How well (or not) is this global institution poised to better the world?

Lisa Dellmuth

Citizen confidence in global environmental institutions

Survey experiments in four countries in the global north and the global south suggest that the qualities of global institutions matter for citizens’ confidence in these institutions.

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A Sign of Strength for EU Legitimacy

The dominant narrative coming into the European elections of 2019 was the rise of anti-EU sentiment across Europe. Media reports focused on the growing strength of EU-skeptic populist parties on the far-right, while academic analyses spoke of growing politicization of the EU.


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LegGov is carried out jointly by researchers from the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm University and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The program is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.


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