Localization and the Legitimacy of International Organization(s)

By Bhavna Thakur.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper tries to address the issue of legitimacy of International Organizations (IOs, like – the IMF, World Bank and the WTO through the prism of localization. The paper argues that by adopting a localized approach, in the way these organizations function, can help them attain legitimacy. The paper does so by drawing a relationship between legitimacy and localization. The paper also argues that in order to adopt a localized approach these organizations need to address the issue of democratic deficit.

Keywords: Localization, Legitimacy, Democratic Deficit, Transnational Exclusion and International Organization (IO)

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.199-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 655.940KB).

Bhavna Thakur

Research Scholar, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

Presently, am pursuing my Ph.D from Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. I did my M.Phil in Law and Governance and my dissertation was titled, "Impact of Participation on the Legitimacy of World Bank: A Study of Implementation of Watershed Development Project in Uttaranchal". The Centre, that I’m presently associated with, adopts an inter- disciplinary approach towards generating an understanding of governance. Similarly, I want to build an understanding of issues that is just not confined to one aspect, rather which is diverse. Such perspectives would help me understand the nuances of governances, which are embedded in the social, political and economic contexts. Therefore I try and engage in platforms that provide me with exposure of diverse issues, which would help me generate an understanding of governances, especially global governance. The interdisciplinary nature of social science intrigues me and motivates me to explore it through the prism of governance.I would like to continue my research work in the field of academics.


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