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No global demos, no global democracy? A systematization and critique

Valentini, Laura (2014) No global demos, no global democracy? A systematization and critique. Perspectives on Politics, 12 (04). pp. 789-807. ISSN 1537-5927

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1537592714002138


A globalized world, some argue, needs a global democracy. But there is considerable disagreement about whether global democracy is an ideal worth pursuing. One of the main grounds for scepticism is captured by the slogan: “No global demos, no global democracy.” The fact that a key precondition of democracy—a demos—is absent at the global level, some argue, speaks against the pursuit of global democracy. I discuss four interpretations of the skeptical slogan—each based on a specific account of the notion of “the demos”—and conclude that none of them establishes that the global democratic ideal must be abandoned. In so doing, I systematize different types of objections against global democracy, thus bringing some clarity to an otherwise intricate debate, and offer a robust but qualified defense of the global democratic ideal.

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Additional Information: © 2014 American Political Science Association
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 10:11
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:06

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