Metagovernance and Democratic Legitimacy: a theoretical essay in light of non-market approaches


  • Guilherme Paulo Andrade University Federal Fluminense, UFF, Rio de Janeiro
  • Júlio César Andrade de Abreu Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Rio de Janeiro
  • Ruan Carlos dos Santos Centro Universitário Avantis - UNIAVAN, Santa Catarina
  • Saleh Fadel Ahmad Khatib University Teknologi Malaysia



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.

Biografia do Autor

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. Especialista em Movimentos Sociais, Organizações Populares e Democracia Participativa (UFMG) e em Administração de Sistemas de Informação (UFLA). Foi coordenador do Curso de Administração Pública da Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) Pólo Universitário de Volta Redonda (PNAP/UAB/CEDERJ). Atuou como consultor na área de gestão pública para diversas instituições públicas nacionais (ENAP, FINEP, CAPES, CNPq, INEP) e internacionais (ONU/PNUD). Foi Secretário Municipal de Planejamento, Transparência e Modernização da Gestão (SEPLAG) no município de Volta Redonda/RJ. Atualmente é Diretor do Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (ICHS/UFF) e Professor dos programas de pós-graduação em Administração Pública (PGPPD/PROFIAP) e Administração (PPGA/MPA), ambos da Universidade Federal Fluminense, além do Doutorado em Políticas Públicas (DPPP) da ENAP. É bolsista de Produtividade em Desenvolvimento Tecnológico e Extensão Inovadora do CNPq (DT2). Atua na área de pesquisa, extensão e desenvolvimento com os seguintes temas: Administração Pública e Gestão Social, Planejamento Governamental, Transparência e Controle Social, Democracia Participativa, Democracia Digital, Governo Eletrônico, Tecnologias Sociais, Economia Solidária, Redes Sociais e Participação Popular.

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

Bacharel em Filosofia pela Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (2006). Licenciatura Plena em Filosofia e Ciências Sociais pela Faculdade Integrada do Cruzeiro - FIC (2018). Bacharelando em Teologia pela Faculdade Católica de Santa Catarina Católica - FACASC/ITESC (2008). Especialização e MBA em Gestão Estratégica Empresarial pela Faculdade Porto das Águas - FAPAG (2012). Especialização em Metodologia de ensino de Filosofia e Sociologia pela Faculdade de Administração, Ciências, Educação e Letras - FACEL (2018). MBA em Governança Corporativa pela UnIBF (2019). Especialização em Auditoria e Perícia Contabil pela UnIBF (2020). Especialização em Administração, Supervisão e Coordenação Escolar pela UniBF (2020). Bacharel em Administração pela UniFCV (2021). Bacharelando em Ciência Contabéis pela UniFCV (2021). 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. His researches can be found in Business Strategy and The Environment, environmental impact assessment review, and Journal of Asian Finance Economics and Business. His research interests are related to the Corporate governance, Auditing, Firm performance, Financial policy, Capital structure, Cash holdings, Dividends, Disclosure quality, and Corporate social responsibility. Khatib earned his M.S. in finance from
Limkokwing University in Malaysia in 2018.


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Andrade, G. P. ., Andrade de Abreu, J. C. ., Santos, R. C. dos, & Khatib, S. F. A. . (2022). Metagovernance and Democratic Legitimacy: a theoretical essay in light of non-market approaches. RGC - Revista De Governança Corporativa, 9(1), e0116.