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Informal governance and legitimacy in EU politics

Kleine, Mareike ORCID: 0000-0002-7442-7328 (2018) Informal governance and legitimacy in EU politics. Journal of European Integration, 40 (7). pp. 873-888. ISSN 0703-6337

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Identification Number: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1482287


Informal governance often holds an aura of the covert and exclusive—aspects that are difficult to square with the ideal of a democratic process. Unfortunately, existing analyses mostly focus on the effect of informal governance on transparency, ignoring other channels through which a political order may generate legitimacy. However, existing analyses quite often conflate different types of informal governance or consider predominantly its effect on transparency and accountability. This paper argued that the relationship between informal governance and legitimacy is much more complex and to some extent even counter-intuitive. To see this, I distinguish three channels of legitimation—input, throughput, and output— and discuss how various forms of informal governance affect it. The paper has implications for scholarly debates on the legitimacy of global governance, studies of informal governance, and practical implications for the reform of international organizations.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 09:25
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:15

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