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How Democracy Survives
Global Challenges in the Anthropocene

ISBN 9781032111278
Published December 26, 2022 by Routledge
288 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How Democracy Survives explores how liberal democracy can better adapt to the planetary challenges of our time by evolving beyond the Westphalian paradigm of the nation state.

The authors bring perspectives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, their chapters engaging with the concept of transnational democracy by tracing its development in the past, assessing its performance in the present, and considering its potential for survival in this century and beyond. Coming from a wide array of intellectual disciplines and policymaking backgrounds, the authors share a common conviction that our global institutions—both governments and international organizations—must become more resilient, transparent, and democratically accountable in order to address the cascading political, economic, and social crises of this new epoch, such as climate change, mass migration, more frequent and severe natural disasters, and resurgent authoritarianism.

This book will be relevant for courses in international relations and political science, environmental politics, and the preservation of democracy and federalism around the world.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched

Table of Contents


Michael Holm and R. S. Deese

Part I: The Forgotten Promise of 1945

1. The Other American Dream: The One World Order and Human Rights

Michael Holm

2. We Were Once Colonized: Nehru, India and Afro-Asianism at the United Nations

Swapna Kona Nayudu

3. The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and Chapter VI of the UN Charter: Forgotten ‘Cardinal Feature’ of the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals?

Maja Groff

4. The Postwar European Integration Process and the Progressive Construction of a Supranational Legal Order

Susanna Cafaro

5. Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent: The Forgotten Promise of the United Nations

R. S. Deese

Part II: Globalizing Consent

6. Perceived Inequality and Democratic Support: A Close Analysis from the Asian Barometer Survey

Yu-tzung Chang and Osbern Huang

7. Africa, its Diaspora, Transitional Justice, and Global Democracy: Towards a World Parliament

Tim Murithi

8. ‘World Organization Through Democracy’: Clarence Streit and the Genesis of the Present World Order

Tiziana Stella

9. Current Proposals for Closer Cooperation among Democracies

John J. Davenport

10. Representation and Participation of Citizens at the United Nations: The Democratic Legitimacy of the UN and Ways to Improve It

Andreas Bummel

Part III: Confronting the Anthropocene

11. The Climate Commons and the Survival of Democracy

Spencer R. Weart

12. Democracies, Authoritarians, and Climate Change: Do Regime Types Matter?

Daniel J. Fiorino

13. Democracy to Avert Ecocide

Camila Vergara

14. What Disaster Response Can Teach Us about Democracy in the Anthropocene

Malka Older

15. Democracy in the Age of Automation, Robotics, and Advanced AI

Michael Bess


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Michael Holm teaches at Boston University, USA.

R. S. Deese teaches at Boston University, USA.