Legitimacy‐As‐Feeling: How Affect Leads to Vertical Legitimacy Spillovers in Transnational Governance

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Patrick Haack

University of Zurich - Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology

Michael D. Pfarrer

University of Georgia - Department of Management

Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

Transnational governance schemes (TGSs) are interorganizational networks of public and/or private actors that jointly regulate global public policy issues, such as the prevention of human rights violations and the protection of ecosystems. Considering that TGSs mainly address issues of public concern, the general public represents a major source of legitimacy in transnational governance. We theorize how members of the general public, whom we conceptualize as intuiters, apply heuristics to bestow legitimacy on TGSs. Given the difficulty of assessing TGSs, we argue that intuiters draw on affect‐based responses towards a TGS's better‐known network affiliates, such as participating business firms, to judge the legitimacy of the TGS as a whole. This substitution produces a ‘vertical’ legitimacy spillover. More specifically, we examine the heuristic process of judgment underlying vertical spillovers in TGSs and derive implications for the legitimacy construct and the analysis of spillover phenomena.

Keywords: affect, heuristic judgment, legitimacy, spillover, transnational governance

Suggested Citation

Haack, Patrick and Pfarrer, Michael D. and Scherer, Andreas Georg, Legitimacy‐As‐Feeling: How Affect Leads to Vertical Legitimacy Spillovers in Transnational Governance (June 2014). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 4, pp. 634-666, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12071

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Michael D. Pfarrer

University of Georgia - Department of Management ( email )

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Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration ( email )

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