Thinking Big: Jonas Tallberg on Legitimacy in Global Governance

Jonas Tallberg, University of Stockholm
Jonas Tallberg, University of Stockholm

In this talk, Jonas Tallberg, PI of LegGov, summarizes key takeaways from this six-year research programme.


Legitimacy is crucial if global governance is to deliver on the many challenges confronting contemporary states and societies, from climate change and transnational conflict to trade protectionism and human rights abuse. Yet the legitimacy of global governance appears to be increasingly contested around the world. The research program "Legitimacy in Global Governance," funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, offered the first systematic and comprehensive examination of these issues. To what extent are global governance institutions (GGIs) regarded as legitimate citizens and elites? What explains that legitimacy? By what processes are GGIs legitimated and delegitimated? What are the consequences of legitimacy for the functioning of GGIs?


Jonas Tallberg is a Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University and co-director of the Stockholm Center on Global Governance. His main areas of research are issues of power, effectiveness, legitimacy, and democracy in global and regional governance. His most recent research project examines the consequences of democracy and autocracy on international cooperation and is funded by the European Research Council.


  • Elsa Hedling, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University
  • Haakon Ikonomou, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Marja-Liisa Öberg, Faculty of Law, Lund University

The talk will be followed by coffee.