My field of research is international political theory. I am a particularly interested in questions of political legitimacy, power, and authority, beyond the nation state. In my work I seek to combine an analytical approach to normative and conceptual issues with sensitivity to and close contact with empirical research in international relations, political economy, and international institutions. In my doctoral thesis, I develop a normative account of legitimacy in global economic governance institutions that draws on positive theory and empirical research on global governance.
My dissertation received the Stockholm University Association (Högskoleföreningen) prize for best doctoral dissertation and outstanding scientific achievement within the Faculty of Social Sciences 2016.
Martin Westergren, The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions: A Justice Based Account (Stockholm Studies in Politics 169, 2016).
Papers under review:
Martin Westergren, “Power and Legitimacy in Global Governance Institutions”, paper under review.
Martin Westergren, “What is wrong with instrumentalizing dependency?”, paper presented at the Nordic Network for Political Theory, Stockholm 28 October 2017.
Martin Westergren, “The Problem of Legitimacy in Global Goverrnance Institutions”, paper presented at the political science research retreat conference, May 2017.
Martin Westergren, “Normative Standards for Global Institutions: Legitimacy, Not Practice-Dependent Justice”, paper presented at the ECPR general conference, Bordeaux, France, September 6, 2013.
Martin Westergren, “Global Institutions and the Value of Legitimacy Beyond the State”, paper presented at the Nordic Network for Political Theory conference, Roskilde, Denmark, 25-27 October, 2012
Martin Westergren, “Distributive Justice and International Institutions: the Baseline problem”, paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 16, 2011
Martin Westergren, “Practice Dependence, Justice, and Legitimacy in International Institutions”, paper presented at the ECPR general conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 26, 2011.
Martin Westergren, recension av Folkstyret i rädslans tid av Olle Wästberg, Daniel Lindwall, Tidskrift för politisk teori, forthcoming.