Analytical Framework: Assessing Coherence, Management, Legitimacy and Effectiveness in an Institutional Nexus

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This chapter establishes four evaluative themes that will be employed across this volume to analyze the institutional complexity of policy fields in the climate-energy nexus: coherence, management, legitimacy, and effectiveness. Coherence among institutions is conceptualized along four dimensions: convergence on an overarching core norm for the policy field, balanced coverage and distribution of memberships (private, public, hybrid), balanced coverage and distribution of governance functions (standards and commitments, operational activities, information and networking, financing), and mechanisms underlying cross-institutional relations (cognitive, normative, behavioural). Management will be examined according to types of managing agents, political levels (from domestic to global), and the consequences of management efforts in enhancing coherence. Legitimacy will be assessed along nine dimensions, among them expertise, transparency, accountability, or procedural and distributive fairness. Effectiveness, finally, will be examined in terms of normative and legal output produced by the institutions, their behaviour-changing outcome, and their ultimate problem-solving impact. Altogether, the four themes and their dimensions make up a novel framework for an in-depth analysis of a governance nexus. They help us examine a variety of important questions in a comparative research design, combining a high level of ambition with feasibility and novelty.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Political Science
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning the Climate-Energy Nexus
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges to Coherence, Legitimacy and Effectiveness
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108676397
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020 May
Publication categoryResearch