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The Authority-Legitimacy-Link in Global Governance

Empirical assessment of patterns of authority in the global governance system shows that there has been a general rise in both political and epistemic authority beyond the nation state over the period since 1945, and that they rose especially steeply in the 1990s. The course offers a conceptualization and an empirical assessment of the authority exercised beyond the nation state and an explanation why the exercise of authority in the global governance system is accompanied by structural legitimation problems.