Legitimating the governance of embodied emissions as a building block for sustainable energy transitions.

Jordan, Nino David/Bleischwitz, Raimund (2020)

In: Global Transitions 2, pp. 37-46.


“What are the major factors shaping whether embodied emissions policies and the informational devices enabling them are perceived as legitimate by the various actors that could advance or block their adoption? What is perceived as legitimate will vary depending on the context in which and the perspective from which one assesses the legitimacy of an object, practice, idea, person or organisation. The object of such an assessment will be accepted as legitimate when it qualifies as fulfilling the requirements of, variously, being good, proper or fitting within the internal logic of an intersubjectively – yet unevenly – shared convention as to what constitutes specific desirable qualities. Which qualities are deemed desirable, and which trade-offs between them acceptable, varies between situations and among people. Therefore, processes of legitimation are most fruitfully analysed with reference to the plurality of different ‘orders of worth’.” (p. 38).