Global Stakeholder Democracy: Power and Representation Beyond Liberal States

OUP Oxford (2008)
Abstract
A pressing question at the forefront of current global political debates is: how can we salvage the democratic project in the context of 'globalization'? In recent years political activists have mounted high-profile campaigns for the democratization of powerful international institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, and for greater 'corporate accountability'. In turn, many of the NGOs linked to these campaigns have themselves faced demands for greater democratic legitimacy. Global Stakeholder Democracy responds to these challenges by outlining an innovative theoretical and institutional framework for democratizing the many state and non-state actors wielding public power in contemporary global politics. In doing so, the book lays out a promising new agenda for global democratic reform. Its analysis begins with the recognition that we cannot simply recreate traditional constitutional and electoral institutions of democratic states on a global scale, through the construction of a democratic 'super-state'. Rather, we must develop new kinds of democratic institutions capable of dealing with the realities of global pluralism, and democratizing powerful non-state actors as well as states. Through reflecting on the democratic dilemmas surrounding the political power of global NGOs, the book mounts a powerful challenge to the state-centric theoretical assumptions that have underpinned the established democratic theories of both 'cosmopolitan' and 'communitarian' liberals. In particular, it challenges the widespread assumption that 'sovereign' power, 'bounded' (national or global) societies, and 'electoral' processes are essential institutional foundations of a democratic system. The book then re-thinks the democratic project from its conceptual foundations, posing the questions: What needs to be controlled? Who ought to control it? How could they do so? In answering these questions, the book develops a novel theoretical model of representative democracy that is focused on plural (state and non-state) actors rather than on unitary state structures. It elaborates a democratic framework based on the new theoretical concepts of 'public power', 'stakeholder communities' and 'non-electoral representation', and illustrates the practical implications of these proposals for projects of global institutional reform.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $39.00 used (61% off)   $74.00 new (26% off)   $86.56 direct from Amazon (13% off)    Amazon page
ISBN(s) 9780199235001   0199235007
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,371
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Thomas Maak (2009). The Cosmopolitical Corporation. Journal of Business Ethics 84 (3):361 - 372.
Andrew Hurrell & Terry Macdonald (2012). Global Public Power: Thesubjectof Principles of Global Political Legitimacy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):553-571.
Barbara Buckinx (2012). Global Actors and Public Power. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):535-551.
John S. Dryzek (2011). Global Democratization: Soup, Society, or System? Ethics and International Affairs 25 (2):211-234.
Avia Pasternak (2012). Cosmopolitan Justice and the League of Democracies. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):649-666.
Similar books and articles
Andrew Hurrell & Terry Macdonald (2012). Global Public Power: Thesubjectof Principles of Global Political Legitimacy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):553-571.
Michael Goodhart (2008). Human Rights and Global Democracy. Ethics and International Affairs 22 (4):395-420.
Barbara Buckinx (2012). Global Actors and Public Power. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):535-551.
Laura Valentini (2012). Assessing the Global Order: Justice, Legitimacy, or Political Justice? Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):593-612.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-01-31

Total downloads

4 ( #258,815 of 1,102,850 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #297,281 of 1,102,850 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.