Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Global Democracy

  • Raffaele Marchetti
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_80

To the extent that decisions are produced at the global level, democracy too has to be global: this is the fundamental message of the project of global democracy. It also entails that democracy needs to be ultimately global because the jurisdictional boundaries cannot be legitimately delineated without an all-inclusive, thus global, political system. The ideal of democracy requires in fact the creation of a system in which all citizens have a voice in the formulation of norms and decisions that have a public scope. In particular, in the current context of global interdependence, such an ideal requires a system to be framed on different layers, each of them allowing for the maximum participation of all citizens. By contrast, a system that allows for public actions that do not undergo citizens’ political scrutiny and yet have a public impact does not qualify as democratic.

The global democracy stance reads the current situation at the international and transnational level as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffaele Marchetti
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  1. 1.Department of History and Political ScienceLuiss UniversityRomeItaly