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Accountability’s Effect: Reaction Speed and Legitimacy in Global Governance

Accountability’s Effect: Reaction Speed and Legitimacy in Global Governance Global Governance 22 (2016), 575–594 Accountability’s Effect: Reaction Speed and Legitimacy in Global Governance Hans Agné This article examines whether and how accountability in international or- ganizations (IOs) influences their speed of reaction to economic and hu- manitarian crises. Reaction speed is one among several factors in the capacity of IOs to handle crisis-like problems and, therefore, also a factor in their capacity to create legitimacy for themselves. Original theoretical arguments and statistical survival analyses of the time it takes for IOs to react to crises confirm that accountability in IOs indeed affects reaction speed. However, the effect varies depending on the use of alternative ac- countability mechanisms. Transparency speeds up reactions while stake- holder participation slows them down. More generally, this article identifies synergies, trade-offs, and nonlinear relationships between reaction speed and different accountability mechanisms that should be reflected in debates on legitimacy in global governance as well as in the institutional design of legitimate IOs. KEYWORDS: accountability, crises, legitimacy, reaction speed, global governance, international organizations, global democracy. FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, ACCOUNTABILITY HAS BEEN SINGLED OUT AS A KEY factor for legitimacy in global governance; that is, for the right to rule of global political institutions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Accountability’s Effect: Reaction Speed and Legitimacy in Global Governance

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02204008
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Abstract

Global Governance 22 (2016), 575–594 Accountability’s Effect: Reaction Speed and Legitimacy in Global Governance Hans Agné This article examines whether and how accountability in international or- ganizations (IOs) influences their speed of reaction to economic and hu- manitarian crises. Reaction speed is one among several factors in the capacity of IOs to handle crisis-like problems and, therefore, also a factor in their capacity to create legitimacy for themselves. Original theoretical arguments and statistical survival analyses of the time it takes for IOs to react to crises confirm that accountability in IOs indeed affects reaction speed. However, the effect varies depending on the use of alternative ac- countability mechanisms. Transparency speeds up reactions while stake- holder participation slows them down. More generally, this article identifies synergies, trade-offs, and nonlinear relationships between reaction speed and different accountability mechanisms that should be reflected in debates on legitimacy in global governance as well as in the institutional design of legitimate IOs. KEYWORDS: accountability, crises, legitimacy, reaction speed, global governance, international organizations, global democracy. FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, ACCOUNTABILITY HAS BEEN SINGLED OUT AS A KEY factor for legitimacy in global governance; that is, for the right to rule of global political institutions

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2016

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