Rethinking Democratic Legitimacy: The Role of Metagovernance in Non-Market Approaches




Metagovernance, Market Non-market, Democracy, Government


Purpose of the study: The aim of this study is to demonstrate why metagovernance is not effective in increasing the democratic legitimacy of networks; to this end, an articulated map will be presented to describe how interactions occur within metagoverned environments.

Methodology/approach: To construct the macro-model of analysis, the methodology of Quivy and Campenhoudt (2005) was used. To consolidate the knowledge involved in the theoretical approach, the Knowledge Development Process-Constructivist (Proknow-C) method by Ensslin, Dutra and Ensslin (2000)
was used. Such a proposal allowed a multidisciplinary perspective, capturing important concepts from economics and organizational theory to apply them to the meta-governed environment.

Originality/Relevance: Metagovernance systems suggest some ability to provide democratic plurality to a social environment, in that we need to understand "if" and "how" this applies; metagovernance is recent in academia and is under discussion; we need to understand its impact in countries with developing institutional environments.

Key findings: Metagoverned systems involve multiple players; difficulty of reconciliation raises transaction costs, both ex-ante - to achieve consensus in the network - and ex-post - when creating mechanisms to deal with disgruntled actors. Such a scenario leads key players to effect coalitions to 'narrow the road' to their own interests, and practice corporate political activity seeking to influence decision making. Actions will focus on impacting the public agent designated as metagovernor, in order to influence possible changes in the environment (regulation).

Theoretical/methodological contributions: An articulated map has been proposed, presenting the cycle of interactions within a metagoverned environment. It shows that sometimes the decisions taken are not the most democratic ones, but those of interest to coalitions.

Social contributions / to management: From a legitimacy perspective, it is necessary to understand how the outcome of networked decision-making can become more democratic, and how metagoverned environments can become less susceptible to harmful corporate political activity, especially in developing democracies.

Author Biographies

Guilherme Paulo Andrade , University Federal Fluminense, UFF, Rio de Janeiro

Master's in Administration from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Bachelor's degree in Economic Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2011). Bachelor in Accounting Sciences from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (2016). Works mainly on the following topics: governance mechanisms, public administration and accounting in the third sector.

Júlio César Andrade de Abreu , Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Rio de Janeiro

Doutor em Administração pela Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) com período de estágio sandwich na Universidade Complutense de Madri, Espanha. Mestre em Administração (UFBA) com período de estágio sandwich na Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Ruan Carlos dos Santos , Centro Universitário Avantis - UNIAVAN, Santa Catarina

Mestrado em Administração - UNIVALI (2015-2017). Professor e Tutor na UniAvan no Curso de Tecnologia em Gestão Financeira. Consultor/docente credenciado na ENA (Ecole Nationale D'Administration - Brasil).

Saleh Fadel Ahmad Khatib, University Teknologi Malaysia

Ph.D. scholar at University Teknologi Malaysia. He has published several scholarly articles in various domestic and international peer reviewed journals and participated in many international conferences.


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How to Cite

ANDRADE , G. P.; ANDRADE DE ABREU , J. C.; SANTOS , R. C. dos; KHATIB, S. F. A. Rethinking Democratic Legitimacy: The Role of Metagovernance in Non-Market Approaches. ESG Law Review, São Paulo (SP), v. 6, n. 1, p. e01591, 2023. DOI: 10.37497/esg.v6i1.1591. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 apr. 2024.



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