Legitimacy in REDD+ governance in Indonesia

Glover, Adelaide and Schroeder, Heike ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2342-2030 (2017) Legitimacy in REDD+ governance in Indonesia. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17 (5). 695–708. ISSN 1567-9764

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This paper addresses the question of legitimacy in REDD+ governance in Indonesia. It develops a legitimacy framework that builds on elements of Scharpf (J Eur Pub Policy 4(1):18–36, 1997) input and output legitimacy concept and the political economy lens described by Brockhaus and Angelsen (Analysing REDD+: Challenges and choices, CIFOR, Bogor, 2012). Using data collected through key informant interviews and focus groups, we identify and explore stakeholder perceptions of legitimacy. The analysis reveals a complex interplay between input and output legitimacy, finding that state, non-state and hybrid actors perceive output legitimacy (i.e. project outcomes) as highly dependent on the level of input legitimacy achieved during the governance process. Non-state actors perceive proxies for input legitimacy, such as participation and inclusion of local people, as goals in themselves. In the main, they perceive inclusion to be integral to the empowerment of local people. They perceive output legitimacy as less important because of the intangibility of REDD+ outcomes at this stage in the process. The findings also highlight the challenges associated with measuring the legitimacy of REDD+ governance in Indonesia.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: legitimacy,redd+,governance,non-state actors,political economy,indonesia
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 00:07
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 10:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61778
DOI: 10.1007/s10784-016-9341-x

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