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Reinventing global democracy

By Jan Aart Scholte

Abstract

How can democracy be suitably formulated in face of the more global character of contemporary society? Modern ideas and practices of ‘people’s rule’ (whether in a statist or a cosmopolitan mode) fall short as frameworks for global democracy. Statist approaches to global democracy have a host of behavioural, institutional, historical and cultural problems. Modern cosmopolitan approaches do better in addressing contemporary social changes, but are deficient in terms of their globalist tendencies, oversimplified notions of political identity, limited cultural reflexivity, tame responses to resource inequalities, and anthropocentrism. To address these shortcomings one might explore a conception of ‘postmodern global democracies’ built around principles of transscalarity, plural solidarities, transculturality, egalitarian distribution, and more ecologically framed ideas of political rights and duties

Topics: JC
Publisher: Centre on Asia and Globalisation
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:43334
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