Popular Sovereignty or Cosmopolitan Democracy? The Futures of Liberal Internationalism

  • Antonio Franceschet


The meaning of liberal internationalism—specifically its vision of progressive reform—is controversial and diverse because of its evolution. Kant’s symbolic place within this trajectory is equally complicated by the changing conceptions that liberals have historically held of international politics and the institutionalization of justice. This chapter examines these claims within the context of democratization in the post - Cold War order. There has emerged not merely a revival of liberal internationalist thought, but increasingly refined accounts of the place of democracy in achieving its ethico-political agenda. In particular, there have emerged two scholarly research programs with distinct visions of reform based on the liberal ethical concerns that have been discussed above, freedom and justice. Interestingly, these two visions—the “democratic peace” (DP) thesis and the “cosmopolitan democracy” (CD) model—rely on the contrasting Kantian legacies revealed in chapter 4.


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