Challenges and opportunities in fragmented global climate and energy governance

The project is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency 2015-2018 and includes five researchers from Lund University, Vriije University in Amsterdam, and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Oxford.

Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations

The project is financed by The Swedish Research Council.

Legitimation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: The Cases of Ghana and Tanzania

The project runs between 2016-2019 and is funded by the Swedish Research Council. It studies how legitimacy is generated and questioned in national level translation processes of globally adopted development policies. Specifically, we explore the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for 2015-2030 that have succeeded the Millennium Development Goals. The UN General Assembly’s adoption of the new goals triggers a translation process of those into domestic policymaking with ensuing legitimation challenges that, we argue, condition implementation prospects. When scholars have focused on legitimacy in global governance, they have primarily debated the normative standards against which international organizations should be judged. In contrast, we study the processes and sources that shape perceptions of legitimacy among development actors. Our theoretical framework includes a spectrum of legitimation and delegitimation strategies, a conceptualisation of the authors, audiences, and objects of legitimation, and the legitimacy sources and country level factors that condition legitimation processes. The cases in focus are Ghana and Tanzania. Both countries have high stakes in the Sustainable Development Goals but differ in how far they have come in socio-economic development as well as in degree of democratic consolidation. Those factors, we argue, impact the conditions of national level legitimation. The empirical starting point of our study is the launch of the UN-convened national level consultations in 2012, while the empirical span of the project will end in 2018. The project’s findings are highly policy relevant as the new goals will provide political guidance for commitments and resource allocation in the realm of development between 2015 and 2030. Researchers: Kristina Jönsson and Magdalena Bexell

Non-state actors in the new landscape of international climate cooperation

The project is a collaboration between Linköping University, Stockholm University and University of East Anglia. It is funded by the Swedish Research Council and Formas 2014-2016.

Realising the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: Whose Responsibility?

The project runs between 2016-2019 and is funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas. It explores responsibility for the realisation of the United Nations ́ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030. The SDGs merge environmental and developmental global agendas in an unprecedented manner. How should we locate responsibility for the future realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals? The project combines systematic political-theoretical analysis with a comparative empirical study of the actual preconditions for the exercise of responsibility. Empirically, the project makes a comparative study of how policies on responsibility evolve in Sweden and Tanzania, two countries that represent endpoints on a continuum ranging from low income to high income countries with a high provision of official development assistance. This will enable us to provide suggestions on SDG responsibility that take into account large differences in political, institutional, economic, and historical terms between countries.
Researchers: Magdalena Bexell and Kristina Jönsson

The Performance of International Organizations (PIO)

The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2014-2017. PI is Jonas Tallberg.


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