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A Dogma of Democratic Theory and Globalization: Why Politics Need not Include Everyone it Affects
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of International Relations, ISSN 1354-0661, Vol. 12, no 3, 433-458 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines and questions a principle in democratic theory which has become particularly fashionable in analyses of globalization and European integration, namely that everyone affected by a decision should be able to participate in making it. It is found that this principle is too strong to fit with the meaning of democracy, leads to tautological arguments, is indeterminate in politically important cases and, if its indeterminacy is rectified, fails to support ideas of political equality and accountability. Removing this principle from the concept of democracy implies, among other things, that empirical analysis becomes more significant, indeed necessary, for assessment of effects of globalization on democracy. Parallel to the development of critical arguments is the defence of a theoretical alternative according to which the delimitation of democratic communities should be decided on the grounds of what effect it produces in terms of autonomy for everyone, those included as well as those excluded.

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2006. Vol. 12, no 3, 433-458 p.
Keyword [en]
autonomy; community; democracy; European integration; globalization; inclusion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28422DOI: 10.1177/1354066106067350OAI: diva2:224284
Available from: 2009-06-17 Created: 2009-06-17 Last updated: 2010-01-20Bibliographically approved

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