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1st Edition

The Crises of Legitimacy in Global Governance

ISBN 9780367652470
Published September 28, 2021 by Routledge
262 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Examining the interplay between the domestic, regional and global aspects of the crisis of legitimacy of global governance, this book theoretically questions and empirically analyses the "crises of legitimacy" in global governance with respect to various mechanisms, actors, and issues.

It expertly sheds lights on contemporary legitimacy contestations and crises by analysing conceptual, theoretical and empirical aspects of the legitimacy in global governance. The specific issues and case studies collected in this volume survey the evolving nature of legitimacy and legitimization processes in global governance with historical, and theoretical analysis. Perspectives on specific actors and issues provide vital insights for understanding several commonalities and differences of legitimacy crises faced at various global governance mechanisms.

Improving the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of current global governance bodies by showing several legitimacy contestations and crises at global and regional level, this book will be of great interest to scholars of international relations, globalization, international Political Economy, regionalism, and general global governance studies.

Table of Contents


Gonca Oğuz Gök and Hakan Mehmetcik


Chapter 1. Legitimacy, Crises of Global Governance, and International Relations

Richard Falk

Chapter 2. Covid-19 and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Governance

Michael Zürn


Chapter 3. Growing G20 Legitimacy

John Kirton

Chapter 4. The UN’s Legitimacy Crises in Global Governance and The Covid-19 Pandemic

Gonca Oğuz Gök and Radiye Funda Karadeniz

Chapter 5. Regional Organizations and Legitimacy

Ayşegül Sever and Hakan Mehmetcik

Chapter 6. From a Legitimacy Deficit to an Existential Crisis: The Unfortunate Case of the World Trade Organization

Amrita Narlikar

Chapter 7. Assessing NATO’s Legitimacy in Global Governance: A three-layered Framework

Emel Parlar Dal, Samiratou Dipama and Ismail Erkam Sula

Chapter 8. Transnational Actors in Global Governance: What legitimacy for Multinational Corporations (MNC)?

Merve Özdemirkıran Embel




Chapter 9. The Limits to Cooperation: Global Governance and The Challenge of Climate Change

Mark Beeson

Chapter 10. African rising powers and human rights: Nigeria and South Africa on the UN Human Rights Council

Eduard Jordaan

Chapter 11. Contested Legitimacy of the Responsibility to Protect in an Era of Humanitarian Crises

Pınar Gözen Ercan

Chapter 12. Constitutive Legitimacy Crisis of the Neoliberal Migration Governance

Suna Gülfer Ihlamur Öner


Gonca Oğuz Gök, Hakan Mehmetcik

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Gonca Oguz Gok is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Marmara University.

Hakan Mehmetcik is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Marmara University, Turkey


"The Crises of Legitimacy in Global Governance constitutes a valuable addition to the literature on global governance from a critical perspective. Major conceptual issues, the role of key actors, and principal issues involved are examined by a good mix of established and young scholars. It will be useful to scholars and practioners as well as students of international relations and international political economy".

Ziya Öniş, Professor of International Political Economy, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

"Gonca Oguz Gok and Hakan Mehmetcik have put together an impressive edited collection tackling a core topic relating to the future of institutional cooperation in the 21st century. Interrogating the question of legitimacy under conditions of multi-dimensional crisis, including Covid-19, is an ambitious enterprise. However, benefiting from the input from a number of high-profile scholars, the volume fills a major gap in the literature on Global Governance in both a substantive and timely fashion and deserves a wide readership."

Andrew F. Cooper, University Research Chair, Department of Political Science, and Professor, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo

"What makes multilateral institutions consequential actors in global governance? As world order becomes more fragmented, the forces that can sustain the legitimacy and efficacy of global and regional cooperation are captured in this invaluable collection of essays which should be of considerable interest to scholars and policymakers."

Amitav Acharya, Professor, American University, Washington, DC