Analytical framework: Assessing Coherence Management Legitimacy And Effectiveness

F. Zelli, K. Bäckstrand, Naghmeh Nasiritousi, P.H. Pattberg, Lisa Sanderink, Jakob Skovgaard, Harro van Asselt, O.E. Widerberg

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This chapter establishes four evaluative themes that will be employed across this volume to analyze the institutional complexity of policy fields in the climate-energy nexus: coherence, management, legitimacy, and effectiveness. Coherence among institutions is conceptualized along four dimensions: convergence on an overarching core norm for the policy field, balanced coverage and distribution of memberships (private, public, hybrid), balanced coverage and distribution of governance functions (standards and commitments, operational activities, information and networking, financing), and mechanisms underlying cross-institutional relations (cognitive, normative, behavioural). Management will be examined according to types of managing agents, political levels (from domestic to global), and the consequences of management efforts in enhancing coherence. Legitimacy will be assessed along nine dimensions, among them expertise, transparency, accountability, or procedural and distributive fairness. Effectiveness, finally, will be examined in terms of normative and legal output produced by the institutions, their behaviour-changing outcome, and their ultimate problem-solving impact. Altogether, the four themes and their dimensions make up a novel framework for an in-depth analysis of a governance nexus. They help us examine a variety of important questions in a comparative research design, combining a high level of ambition with feasibility and novelty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning the Climate-Energy Nexus
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutional Complexity and Its Challenges to Effectiveness and Legitimacy
EditorsFariborz Zelli, Oscar Widerberg
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781108676397
ISBN (Print)9781108484817
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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