Journal article

Metagovernance, Network Structure, and Legitimacy: Developing a Heuristic for Comparative Governance Analysis

Carsten Daugbjerg, Paul Fawcett

ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

This article develops a heuristic for comparative governance analysis. The heuristic depicts four network types by combining network structure with the state’s capacity to metagovern. It suggests that each network type produces a particular combination of input and output legitimacy. We illustrate the heuristic and its utility using a comparative study of agri-food networks (organic farming and land use) in four countries, which each exhibit different combinations of input and output legitimacy respectively. The article concludes by using a fifth case study to illustrate what a network type that produces high levels of input and output legitimacy might look like.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Carsten Daugbjerg thanks the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems for funding.