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

Carsten Daugbjerb, Paul FAWCETT

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1223-1245
Number of pages23
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


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