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Balancing a House of Cards: Throughput legitimacy in Canadian Governance Networks

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 June 2014

Carey Doberstein
Affiliation:
University of British Columbia—Okanagan
Heather Millar
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Corresponding

Abstract

This article examines the interaction of different modes and levels of legitimacy within network governance institutions over time. Drawing on new theoretical directions in European governance studies and empirical findings from Canada, we contend that whereas input legitimacy can be exchanged, or traded-off, with output legitimacy to reinforce the overall legitimacy of a network governance institution, “throughput legitimacy” functions as a necessary condition that sustains legitimacy over time. Through a comparison of homelessness governance networks in Toronto and Calgary, we find that throughput legitimacy carries an amplification effect that results in either virtuous or vicious cycles. That is, we argue and demonstrate that low throughput legitimacy in network governance institutions can effectively bring down the whole house of cards.

Résumé

Cet article vise l'interaction de différents modes et niveaux de légitimité comme partie des institutions administratves à travers le temps. En tirant d'exemple des nouvelles tendances dans des études europééns sur l'administrations et des conclusions empiriques venant du Canada, nous affirmons qu'étant donné la légitimité d'entrée puisse être échangée contre la légitimité de rendement afin de renforcer la légitimité globale d'une administration de réseau, la structure interne de l'administration fonctionne en étant une exigence absolue qui sert à maintenir la légitimité au long terme. Au moyen d'une comparaison des « sans-abris » et leurs réseaux d'administration à Toronto et Calgary, nous trouvons qu'une structure interne valable contient un effet d'amplification dont le résultat s'exprime en deux types de cycles ; virtueux or viscieux. C'est-à-dire, nous constatons et espérons démontrer qu'une basse légitimité dans l'administration des niveaux différents des institutions gouvernementales peut définitivement servir à démolir toute l'affaire.

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Copyright © Canadian Political Science Association (l'Association canadienne de science politique) and/et la Société québécoise de science politique 2014 

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