The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance
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The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance

Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel

This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives.
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Chapter 13: The quest for democracy

Laura Westra

Abstract

This chapter engages Engel’s strong belief in democracy as one of the most important values in the life of humanity. It questions why democracy is still enjoying its undisputed place as the standard for legitimate political authority, despite the fact that most accepted present instantiations of democracy seem to have lost all their most significant characteristics. In answering this question, the chapter explores the meaning and content of democracy and links that to the future of global environmental ethics.

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