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Creating legitimacy in global private governance: The case of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

  • Schouten, Greetje
  • Glasbergen, Pieter
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    This article suggests that understanding legitimization processes of private governance initiatives requires a multi-dimensional approach. This suggestion has been operationalized in three aspects that can be used to better understand such processes: legality, moral justifications, and consent/acceptance. These aspects are based on different theoretical traditions and are applied in an analysis of the process of creating legitimacy of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This empirical research reveals the characteristics of the legitimization process of the RSPO and shows the value of a multi-dimensional approach. The three perspectives complement each other and deepen our insights in legitimization processes by revealing tensions and trade-offs in the different ways in which non-state market driven governance arrangements can create legitimacy.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 11 (September)
    Pages: 1891-1899

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:11:p:1891-1899
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    1. Biermann, Frank & Gupta, Aarti, 2011. "Accountability and legitimacy in earth system governance: A research framework," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 1856-1864, September.
    2. Steven Bernstein & Erin Hannah, 2008. "Non-State Global Standard Setting and the WTO: Legitimacy and the Need for Regulatory Space," Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, vol. 11(3), pages 575-608, September.
    3. Hurd, Ian, 1999. "Legitimacy and Authority in International Politics," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 53(02), pages 379-408, March.
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