Check out publications and ongoing research projects.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Elite Communication and the Popular Legitimacy of International Organizations”, British Journal of Political Science, 51:3 (2021), pp. 1292-1313.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Schlipphak, B., “Legitimacy beliefs towards global governance institutions: A research agenda”, Journal of European Public Policy, 27:6 (2020), pp. 931-943.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Why national and international legitimacy beliefs are linked: Social trust as an antecedent factor”, Review of International Organizations, 15 (2020), pp. 311–337.

Dellmuth, L.M., Scholte, J. A. and Tallberg, J., “Institutional sources of legitimacy for international organisations: Beyond procedure versus performance”, Review of International Studies, 45:4 (2019), pp. 627-646.

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, 57:1 (2018), pp. 3-23.

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.


Book chapters

Dellmuth, L.M., “Legitimacy has risks and benefits for effective international marine management”, in: Ota, Y., Cheung, W.W.L., Cisneros-Montemayor, (eds.), Predicting Future Oceans: Sustainability of Ocean and Human Systems Amidst Global Environmental Change (Amsterdam, London, and Cambridge, MA: Elsevier, 2019).

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).



Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J. “Luottamus Yhdistyneisiin kansakuntiin (Trust in the United Nations)”, in Poliittinen ja sosiaalinen luottamus Polut, trendit ja kuilut (Political and Social Trust Pathways, Trends and Gaps), ed. by Bäck, M. and Kestilä-Kekkonen, E. (Grano: Ministry of Finance, 2019).

Verhaegen, S., Dellmuth, L.M., Scholte, J. and Tallberg, J., LegGov Elite Survey, Technical Report (stockholm: Stockholm University, 2019).

Ongoing projects


Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations (Swedish Research Council, 2016-2021)

Extensive research suggests that legitimacy makes it easier for international organizations (IOs), such as the African Union or the World Health Organization, to solve problems and achieve compliance. IOs are widely debated among political and societal elites. This project asks when and why does elite communication affect citizens' legitimacy beliefs toward IOs. See the project publications below. PI: Lisa Dellmuth.


Legitimacy in global governance (LegGov) (Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds/Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 2016-2021)

In this research program led by Jonas Tallberg, we analyze the sources, patterns, and consequences of legitimacy in global governance. Why, how, and with what consequences do global governance institutions gain, sustain and lose legitimacy? These issues are at the heart of LegGov – a six-year research program in Stockholm, Lund, and Gothenburg. See the project publications below.



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