What drives legitimacy in post-conflict societies?
Rebuilding institutional legitimacy is essential for stability in postconflict societies. But what factors influence citizen perceptions of legitimacy? Kylie Fisk and Adrian Cherney answer the question using data from a nationwide study of post-conflict governance in Nepal. They find that the relationship between service delivery and legitimacy “is not as simple as previously assumed.” Procedural justice is more strongly associated with perceptions of legitimacy than instrumental outcomes such as service delivery, distributive justice, and outcome favorability. Read the article.