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Quality, legitimacy and global governance: a comparative analysis of four forest institutions


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Cadman, T (2009) Quality, legitimacy and global governance: a comparative analysis of four forest institutions. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This dissertation is a theoretical and evaluative study of the quality of global
governance, explored through case studies of four global institutions in the
environmental policy domain addressing forest management: the Forest
Stewardship Council, the ISO 14000 Series (Environmental Management
Systems), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and the
United Nations Forum on Forests. It examines the international
relations/international politics and comparative politics/public administration
literature concerning the institutional theory and practice of contemporary
governance, particularly the nature of democracy beyond the nation-state. Given
the ongoing evolution of global governance, it is important to determine whether
the institutions in which actors operate are sufficiently effective to address the
problems of the contemporary era. Previous methods of evaluating governance
quality have been based largely upon input/output legitimacy. Using a theoretical
framework based around ‘new’ governance, the thesis argues that contemporary
global governance is best understood as being built around ‘participation as
structure’ and ‘deliberation as process’, and that the more deliberative the
interactions within a given institution, the higher the quality of governance. The
method of analysis is built upon a new arrangement of the accepted attributes of
‘good’ governance, using a set of qualitative principles, criteria and indicators,
and applied to the structures and processes of governance. Recognising that
contemporary global institutions are manifold, the analytical framework also
locates the institutions typologically, determined by their source of authority
(state/non-state), democratic mode (aggregative/deliberative) and degree of
governance innovation (old/new). The research findings confirm that the more
deliberative the model of democratic interaction, the better the systems’ quality of
governance and by extension, the more legitimate the institution.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 04:57
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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