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Earth System GovernanceWorld Politics in the Anthropocene$
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Frank Biermann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028226

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.001.0001

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Accountability and Legitimacy

Accountability and Legitimacy

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(p.121) 5 Accountability and Legitimacy
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Earth System Governance
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Frank Biermann

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0005

This chapter focuses on accountability and legitimacy as a dimension of effective earth system governance. It argues that questions of accountability and legitimacy are becoming ever more important, and that all key elements of the problem structure of earth system governance pose particular and often novel challenges for the accountability and legitimacy of governance. It discusses these challenges and outlines political reform options to cope with them. After explaining the concepts of accountability and legitimacy as they apply to earth system governance, the chapter considers some of the challenges posed by the emerging transformation of planetary systems for securing the accountability and legitimacy of governance systems, including high degrees of analytic and normative uncertainty. It then outlines a number of reform options to address such challenges, such as giving primacy to multilateral decision making over alternative approaches, strengthening the representation of civil society organizations in multilateral institutions and intergovernmental organizations, and creating a UN parliamentary assembly of representatives of national parliaments.

Keywords:   accountability, legitimacy, earth system governance, earth system, multilateral decision making, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations, parliamentary assembly, national parliaments

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