1st Edition

How Democracy Survives Global Challenges in the Anthropocene

Edited By Michael Holm, R. S. Deese Copyright 2023
    288 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 www.taylorfrancis.com, 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 www.knowledgeunlatched.org


    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


    Michael Holm and R. S. Deese


    Michael Holm teaches at Boston University, USA.

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