A League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A League of Democracies

Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods, 1st Edition

By John J. Davenport


256 pages

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In the 21st century, as the peoples of the world grow more closely tied together, the question of real transnational government will finally have to be faced.

The end of the Cold War has not brought the peace, freedom from atrocities, and decline of tyranny for which we hoped. It is also clearer now that problems like economic risks, tax havens, and environmental degradation arising with global markets are far outstripping the governance capacities of our 20th century system of distinct nation-states, even when they try to work together through intergovernmental agreements and organized bureaucracies of specialists.

This work defends a cosmopolitan approach to global justice by arguing for new ways to combine the strengths of democratic nations in order to prevent mass atrocities and to secure other global public goods (GPGs). While protecting cultural pluralism, Davenport argues that a Democratic League would provide a legal order capable of uniting the strength and inspiring moral vision of democratic nations to improve international security, stop mass atrocities, assist developing nations in overcoming corruption and poverty, and, in time, potentially address other global challenges in finance, environmental sustainability, stable food supplies, immigration, and so on.

This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, international organizations, philosophy and global justice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Opportunity to Secure a Democratic Future

1. A United Democratic League as a Cosmopolitan Idea

2. From the Federalists to a Global Consolidation Argument

3. Market Limits and Global Public Goods

4. The Failure of the United Nations to Deliver the Original Global Goods

5. How to Design an Effective League of Democracies

6. Standard Objections, Alternatives, and Replies to Critics

About the Author

John J. Davenport is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, where he directed the Peace & Justice Studies program from 2014 to 2018. In addition to two monographs on topics in moral psychology, and two co-edited collections on Kierkegaard and virtue ethics, John has published several essays on just war theory, the responsibility to protect, and the idea of democratic federation (as well as other topics in democratic theory). He is now preparing books on a Habermasian argument for a universal right to democracy, justice as stewardship of public capital, the errors of political libertarianism, and the need for a new constitutional convention to fix the United States.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)