Vertical Legitimacy Spillovers in Transnational Governance: Affect as the Microfoundation of Spillover Strength and Valence
IOU Working Paper No. 117
63 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010 Last revised: 8 Apr 2011
Date Written: November 1, 2010
We argue that the legitimacy of transnational governance schemes depends on the legitimacy of associated subunits, and show how affect-based evaluations of subunit characteristics and actions generate vertical legitimacy spillovers for the scheme as a whole. We consider the impact of a positive-negative asymmetry in legitimacy ascription and develop propositions on spillover strength and valence. Our study helps specify the perceptual mechanism underlying spillover construction, and prompts the rethinking of similarity-based accounts of legitimation.
Keywords: Legitimacy spillover, transnationalization, heuristic reasoning, institutional theory
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