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Is global democracy possible?

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias ORCID: 0000-0003-4637-9477 (2011) Is global democracy possible? European Journal of International Relations, 17 (3). pp. 519-542. ISSN 1460-3713

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1354066110366056


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.

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Additional Information: © 2011 by European Consortium for Political Research, SAGE Publications
Divisions: Government
International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 09:22
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:51

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