Federative global democracy

Metaphilosophy 40 (1):42-64 (2009)
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Abstract: In this essay a set of principles is defended that yields a determinate allocation of sovereign competences across a global system of territorially nested jurisdictions. All local sovereign competences are constrained by a universal, justiciable human rights regime that also incorporates a conception of cross-border distributive justice and regulates the competence to control immigration for a given territory. Subject to human rights constraints, sovereign competences are allocated according to a conception of global democracy. The proposed allocation scheme can accommodate substantial local autonomy while at the same time ensuring that everyone has a voice in the political decisions that affect his or her interests. The relevant class of affected interests is fully specified. Relevant affects are of two kinds: those that impose norms of governance on individuals, and those that impose external costs on them. The favored sense of "an external cost" is developed and defended.
Keywords nationalism  external costs  federalism  international law  globalization  sovereignty  immigration  democracy  all‐affected principle  externalities  democratic deficit  human rights  confederalism  affected interests  global governance  equal protection  borders  territoriality  global justice
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Andreas Follesdal (1998). Survey Article: Subsidiarity. Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (2):190-218.
Andreas Føllesdal (1998). Survey Article: Subsidiarity. Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (2):190–218.

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