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Global Democracy and its Difficulties

1st Edition

Edited by Anthony J. Langlois, Karol Edward Soltan


206 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The political project of extending democracy to the global level is seen as the next major challenge for proponents of democracy. This volume considers some of the difficulties which need to be overcome for this extension to take place. The issues discussed include:

  • Philosophical and theoretical questions about the nature of democracy and the justification of its values
  • Pressing political considerations, such as the crucial role of elections in democracy promotion
  • Legal developments, such as the role of international law and judicial networks
  • The nature of the global political space as democratization brings challenges to the ways in which systems have traditionally been organized

Global Democracy and its Difficulties will appeal to a range of academics, scholars and students who work across fields such a political theory, international law, comparative politics and political economy. It will be of particular interest to those with an interest in the political, economic, legal and moral aspects of democratization.

Table of Contents

Preface Stephen L. Elkin 1. Introduction: The Difficulties of Global Democratization Anthony J. Langlois Part 1: Democracy and Institutional Complexity 2. Mature Democracy and Global Solidarity Karol Edward Soltan 3. From the "Democracy of Nations" to Stakeholders Based Governance Systems Paul Dragos Aligica Part 2: Human Rights, Sovereignty and the Global Economy 4. Global Democracy through Transnational Human Rights Michael Goodhart 5. Exploring the Narratives on Economic Globalization David K. Moore Part 3: Global Constitutionalism 6. Judicial Networks Jens Meierhenrich 7. The Justice as Diplomat: The Foreign-Policy Frameworks behind the US Supreme Court’s new Globalism Ken I. Kersch Part 4: Challenges to the Democratic State 8. Trade Policy Openness, Government Spending, and Democratic Consolidation Michael J. Hiscox and Scott L. Kastner 9. Competitive Clientalism Ellen Lust-Okar Part 5: Global Democracy and Universal Values 10. Liberal Autonomy and Global Democracy Anthony J. Langlois 11. Reconceiving autonomy and universality as norms for transnational democracy Carol C. Gould

About the Editors

Anthony J. Langlois is Senior Lecturer in the School of Political and International Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Karol Edward Soltan is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Committee for Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, USA.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General