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Is global democracy possible?

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias (2011) Is global democracy possible? European Journal of International Relations, 17 (3). pp. 519-542. ISSN 1460-3713

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Abstract

Scepticism about the possibility of a democratically governed global polity is often rooted in beliefs about ‘necessary conditions’. Some democracy scholars consider a transition to global democracy to be incompatible with necessary conditions for democratic governance, while some International Relations scholars consider it to be incompatible with necessary conditions for international structural change. This article assesses hypotheses and evidence about democratic transitions within states and transformations in the interaction among states and concludes that arguments based on necessary conditions are not compelling. This suggests that global democracy may be unlikely but it is not impossible.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ejt.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 by European Consortium for Political Research, SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 09:22
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28941/

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