Legitimacy Narratives in Polycentric Water Law and Governance: The Strategies of the Danube Commission
International Organizations Law Review (Forthcoming)
Posted: 1 Feb 2014
Date Written: August 31, 2014
Global water law and governance is horizontally and vertically fragmented, very complex, involves both state and non-state parties, and established under and/or mandated by national, supranational (EU) or international law. Accordingly, it can be qualified as polycentric governance. Any governance system, but polycentric governance in particular, raises questions of legitimacy. The paper aims to look at one specific segment of this legitimacy discourse, namely how an international organisation, that is a ‘centrepiece’ in polycentric governance, attempts to legitimize itself, i.e. justify its activities in order to gain social acceptance. For this purpose, the legitimacy narratives of a rather successful river basin organisation, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, will be analysed as a case study for better understanding the specific nature of polycentric governance and its legitimacy narratives.
Keywords: Polycentric governance, Global water law and governance, Legitimacy, River basin organisation, Legitimacy narratives, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
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