Is Global Democracy Possible?

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Is Global Democracy Possible?
European Journal of International Relations
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
3
Page numbers: 
519-542

Summary:

The author examines the feasibility of global democracy within the context of what he describes as the 'necessary conditions' for democratic governance, such as accountability and representation.

First, he defines global democracy as being characterised by a number of attributes including:

  • Political and governance systems that encompass 'all regions of the world'
  • Supranational bodies with the power to make binding decisions on a range of issues of global relevance
  • Supranational bodies that are representative of, and accountable to, citizens

The author assesses a range of hypotheses about political development.

It also looks at empirical and historical evidence including the formation of the European Union to reach a number of conclusions about how political systems may or may not become democratic.

The author concludes from this discussion that while global democracy may be unlikely, based on how international and democratic theorists conceive political development, it is not impossible.

 

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Author(s)
Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

London School of Economics and Political Science

Countries/Regions
global
Published Date
September 1, 2011