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Re–Imagining Political Community. Studies in Cosmopolitan Democracy

  • ID: 4071932
  • Book
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Understanding world politics today means acknowledging that the state is no longer in international relations. The interstate system is increasingly challenged by new transnational forces and institutions. Multinational companies, cross–border coalitions of social interest groups, globally oriented media groups and a growing number of international agencies influence interstate decisions and set the agenda of world politics. While these phenomena have been discussed in the recent literature of international relations, little attention has been given to their impact on political life within and between communities.

Re–imagining Political Community explores the changing meaning of political community in a world of regional and global social and economic relations. From a variety of academic backgrounds, its authors reconsider some of the key terms of political organization, such as legitimacy, sovereignty, identity and citizenship. The common approach of all the authors is to generate an innovative account of what democracy means today and how it can be reconceptualized to include subnational as well as transnational levels of political organization. Inspired by Immanuel Kant′s cosmopolitan principles, the authors conclude that today there are favourable conditions for a further development of democracy – locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

Re–imagining Political Community will be welcomed by students of politics, political theory, international relations and peace studies, as well as those working in international organizations and engaged in transnational activities.

List of contributors: David Held, James N. Rosenau, David Beetham, James Crawford, Susan Marks, Mary Kaldor, Andrew Linklater, Ulrich K. Preuss, Richard Bellamy, Dario Castiglione, Janna Thompson, Daniele Archibugi, Martin Kohler, Pierre Hassner, Gwin Prins, Elizabeth Selwood, Derk Bienen, Volker Rittberger, Wolfgang Wagner and Richard Falk.

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List of Contributors.

Introduction Daniele Archibugi, David Held and Martin Köhler.

Part 1. The Transformation of the Interstate System.

1. Democracy and Globalization: David Held.

2. Governance and Democracy in a Globalizing World: James N. Rosenau.

3. Human Rights as a Model for Cosmopolitan Democracy: David Beetham.

4. The Global Democracy Deficit: an Essay in International Law and its Limits: James Crawford and Susan Marks.

5. Reconceptualizing Organized Violence: Mary Kaldor.

Part II: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Transnational Democracy. .

6. Citizenship and Sovereignty in the post–Westphalian European State: Andrew Linklater.

7. Citizenship in the EU – A Paradigm for Transnational Democracy?: Ulrich K. Preuss.

8. Between Cosmopolis and Community: Three Models of Rights and Democracy within the European Union: Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione.

9. Community Identity and World Citizenship: Janna Thompson.

10. Principles of Cosmopolitan Democracy: Daniele Archibugi.

Part III: The Prospects of Cosmopolitan Democracy. .

11. From the National to the Cosmopolitan Public Sphere: Martin Kohler.

12. Refugees: a Special Case for Cosmopolitan Citizenship?: Pierre Hassner.

13. Global Security Problems and the Challenge to Democratic Process: Gwyn Prins and Elizabeth Sellwood.

14. Democracy in the United Nations System; Cosmopolitan and Communitarian Principles: Derk Bienen, Volker Rittberger and Wolfgang Wagner.

15. The United Nations and Cosmopolitan Democracy: Bad Dream, Utopian Fantasy, Political Project: Richard Falk.


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"Extending democracy beyond borders is what I advocated throughout my mandate at the UN. This fascinating book tells us that while transnational democracy is still a utopian fantasy it may be the reality of tomorrow."Boutros Boutros–Ghali, Former Secretary–General of the United Nations

"This outstanding contribution to political thought shows how, in the contemporary world, domestic democracy and transnational democracy have become two sides of the same coin. Without both, democracy has no future." Norberto Bobbio, University of Turin

"Impressive volume." Foreign Affairs

"All the most important thinkers on cosmopolitan democracy are included and there is not a duff esay in the book ... for those of us interested in the developing literature on the transnationalization of democracy the book is a gem and should become a staple reference point in a continuing debate." International Affairs

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