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Democracy in a Pluralist Global Order: Corporate Power and Stakeholder Representation (Symposium ON GLOBAL DEMOCRACY)

Ethics & International Affairs, 2010, Spring, 24, 1

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The primary task undertaken by the liberal-democratic project throughout its modern history has been that of legitimately constituting and controlling the public powers wielded by sovereign states. As such, the principal institutions of modern representative democratic systems--constitutional structures and electoral processes--have consistently been developed with state power as the target for democratic control. However, contemporary democrats concerned with the project of building democratic institutions on a global scale now confront a new and important set of questions about how far we should expect any global democratic mechanisms to resemble the familiar democratic institutions employed within states. Whereas representative democratic mechanisms have generally been built around preexisting institutional structures of sovereign states (through processes of state democratization), the global political domain infamously lacks any firmly constitutionalized or sovereign structures that could constitute an analogous institutional backbone within a democratic global order; instead, global public power can best be characterized as "pluralist" in structure. (1) A number of prominent commentators have recently argued that this structural difference between state-based and global forms of political power has significant implications for the prospects of global democracy. Most notably, Thomas Nagel has argued that we should not expect a project of global democratization to succeed in the absence of a global framework of sovereign power, since institutions of democratic control need preexisting sovereign structures to "go to work on." (2) If global democratization is to succeed at all, Nagel argues, it must proceed along a trajectory beginning with the construction of sovereign institutions and culminating in the establishment of representative institutions to control them. (3)

Democracy in a Pluralist Global Order: Corporate Power and Stakeholder Representation (Symposium ON GLOBAL DEMOCRACY)
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  • Category: Politics & Current Affairs
  • Published: 22 March 2010
  • Publisher: Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
  • Print Length: 39 Pages
  • Language: English
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