Structuring global democracy: Political communities, universal human rights, and transnational representation

Metaphilosophy 40 (1):24-41 (2009)
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Abstract: The emergence of cross-border communities and transnational associations requires new ways of thinking about the norms involved in democracy in a globalized world. Given the significance of human rights fulfillment, including social and economic rights, I argue here for giving weight to the claims of political communities while also recognizing the need for input by distant others into the decisions of global governance institutions that affect them. I develop two criteria for addressing the scope of democratization in transnational contexts— common activities and impact on basic human rights —and argue for their compatibility. I then consider some practical implications for institutional transformation and design, including new forms of transnational representation.
Keywords globalization  transnational democracy  regionalism  democratic participation  representation  human rights  global governance  accountability
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Carol C. Gould (2007). Transnational Solidarities. Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (1):148–164.

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