Here you can find an overview of ongoing resarch projects and publications on the sources of public opinion and legitimacy beliefs towards regional and global institutions, such as the European Union and the United Nations.

    Ongoing research projects


    Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations (Swedish Research Council, 2016-2020)

    Extensive research suggests that legitimacy makes it easier for international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the African Union, to gain support for ambitious policy goals, secure ratification of negotiated agreements, and achieve domestic compliance with international rules. Yet, despite the importance of legitimacy for international cooperation, we know little about the process through which individual citizens and elites come to perceive of international organizations as legitimate or not. This project examines how, when and why political and societal elites, such as governments and civil society organizations, can change citizens' opinions about international organizations. See the project website for more information. PI: Lisa Dellmuth.


    Legitimacy in global governance (Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds/Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 2016-2022)

    We analyze the sources, patterns, and consequences of international organizations' legitimacy in the research program Legitimacy in global governance (LegGov), funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds. In this research program, I am co-investigator and coordinate the research group focusing on the sources of individual legitimacy beliefs, including Jonas Tallberg, Soetkin Verhaegen, and Jan Aart Scholte. PI: Jonas Tallberg


      1. Peer-reviewed journal articles

      Dellmuth, L.M. and Schlipphak, B., “Legitimacy beliefs towards global governance institutions: A research agenda”, Journal of European Public Policy, online first 2019.

      Dellmuth, L.M., Scholte, J. A. and Tallberg, J., “Institutional sources of legitimacy for international organisations: Beyond procedure versus performance”, Review of International Studies, online first 2019.

      Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Why national and international legitimacy beliefs are linked: Social trust as an antecedent factor”, Review of International Organizations, online first 2018.

      Dellmuth, L.M. and Chalmers, A.W., “All spending is not equal: European Union public spending, policy feedback, and citizens’ support for the EU”, European Journal of Political Research, forthcoming.

      Dellmuth, L.M., “The knowledge gap in world politics: Assessing the sources of citizen awareness of the United Nations Security Council”, Review of International Studies , 42:2 (2016), pp. 673-700.

      Discussed by the Nereus foundation. See related LegGov blog article.

      Agné, H., Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Does stakeholder involvement foster democratic legitimacy in international organizations? An empirical assessment of a normative theory”, Review of International Organizations, 10:4 (2015), pp. 465–488.

      Chalmers, A.W. and Dellmuth, L.M., “Fiscal redistribution and public support for European integration”, European Union Politics, 16:3 (2015), pp. 386–407.

      Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “The social legitimacy of international organizations: Interest representation, institutional performance, and confidence extrapolation in the United Nations”, Review of International Studies, 41:3 (2015), pp. 451–475.


      2. Book chapter

      Dellmuth, L.M., " Individual sources of legitimacy: Theory and data”, in: Tallberg, J., Bäckstrand, K. & Scholte, J.A. (eds.), Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).


      3. Popularizing works

      Online blogs

      Dellmuth, L.M. (December 2016), " LegGov blog article”, blog article for LegGov (Legitimacy in Global Governance).

      Chalmers, Adam W. and Lisa M. Dellmuth (August 2015) " The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how 'European' citizens feel”, blog article at LSE Blog for European Politics and Policy.

      Chalmers, Adam W. and Lisa M. Dellmuth (December 2014) " Why Europe's new cohesion policy is unlikely to enhance the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment Funds”, blog article at Critcom (Council of European Studies).


      Stockholm University, Department of Economic History and International Relations, Dr Lisa Dellmuth, SE-10691 Stockholm.

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