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The universal republic: a realistic utopia?

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias ORCID: 0000-0003-4637-9477 (2024) The universal republic: a realistic utopia? Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198921127 (In Press)

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Can humanity achieve collective self-government in a highly interdependent world? Catastrophic climate change, biodiversity loss, pandemics, war and displacement, the dangers of nuclear weapons and new technologies, and persistent poverty and inequality are among the global challenges that expose the weaknesses of existing international institutions as well as the profound disparities of power and vulnerability that exist among the world’s people. The Universal Republic: A Realistic Utopia? examines whether a democratic world state is a feasible and desirable solution to the problem of establishing effective and just governance on the planet we share. While this question has haunted thinkers and doers for centuries, this book opens up novel perspectives by putting the powerful methods and rich data of contemporary social science into the service of a systematic analysis of several key dimensions of the broader theme. The first part shows why a democratic world state—a universal republic—is possible: why it can be achieved, and how it can endure without generating a frightful global despotism. The second part of the book shows why the universal republic is desirable, by exploring how it can help bring under our collective control the persistent sources of coercion, harm, and other processes that affect us deeply across national borders. By combining insights from political philosophy and empirical political science, this work sheds new light on a crucial question of our time: how to bring about a more democratic world.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © 2024 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 15:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:37

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