The Leibniz Association is funding a five-year Junior Research Group on "Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations" (LegRO) at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg.
The Research Group seeks to map and explain the sources and consequences of legitimation strategies in regional organizations over time. It studies (1) how state representatives and regional organization bureaucrats justify an organization’s right to rule to relevant internal and external audiences; (2) why such discursive legitimation strategies may change over time and vary across organizations; and (3) whether and how they are related to institutional legitimation strategies. The Group’s research agenda consists of a quantitative component that aims to map, and explain basic patterns in, the discursive and institutional legitimation strategies of 30 regional organizations worldwide in the period from 1980 to 2015 and several qualitative components that seek to identify the causal mechanisms and political dynamics of legitimation and delegitimation in regional organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
I am currently in the process of recruiting one postdoctoral fellow and two doctoral students as members of the team.