Global Governance and Democracy

Global Governance and Democracy

A Multidisciplinary Analysis

Leuven Global Governance series

Edited by Jan Wouters, Antoon Braekman, Matthias Lievens and Emilie Bécault

Globalization needs effective global governance. The important question of whether this governance can also become democratic is, however, the subject of a political and academic debate that began only recently. This multidisciplinary book aims to move this conversation forward by drawing insights from international relations, political theory, international law and international political economy. Focusing on global environmental, economic, security and human rights governance, it sheds new light on the democratic deficit of existing global governance structures, and proposes a number of tools to overcome it.

Chapter 3: The value of the ideal of democracy in global governance

Haye Hazenberg

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, law - academic, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, international politics, international relations, political economy, regulation and governance

Extract

It is only very recently that the ideal of democracy has come to play an important role in debates about international relations and international law. Previously, democracy was thought to be an ideal that could only guide normative inquiries into the internal legitimacy of states, and other ideals were thought to be more important for the external legitimacy of states. The external legitimacy of states, or their legitimacy vis-à-vis other states and vis-à-vis citizens and organizations of other states, was thought to be subject only to ideals such as peace, stability, the rule of law or, more recently, justice – and not to democracy. This chapter will attempt to give an overview of what is thought to be normatively at stake when the ideal of democracy is applied to the external legitimacy of states. It will also argue that using the concept of democracy helps to elucidate instead of obscure an already difficult debate. Importantly, the position taken here implies that it is possible to speak about international matters as more or less democratic and not only as more or less legitimate, just, stable or predictable. The chapter will furthermore offer some guidance on which kind of international arrangements are more or less democratic at this particular moment in time.

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