Global democratization and international regime complexity
2014 (English)In: European Journal of International Relations, ISSN 1354-0661, E-ISSN 1460-3713, Vol. 20, no 3, 620-646 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
How can democracy best be pursued and promoted in the existing global system? In this article, I propose a novel suggestion: democratization should occur at the level of international regime complexity. Because each issue-area of world politics is distinct, we require tailor-made (as opposed to one-size-fits-all) responses to the global democratic deficit. I conceptualize global democracy as an ongoing process of democratization in which a set of core normative values are more or less satisfied. I explicate equal participation, accountability, and institutional revisability as those key standards. I argue that the democratization of regime complexes should occur across two distinct planes: (1) the realm of multilateral negotiations; and (2) institutional forms of democratic experimentalism between rule-makers and rule-takers. I evaluate and defend the potential of this argument by analyzing the intellectual property rights regime complex. Because intellectual property rights represent a 'tough case' for global democrats, we should be optimistic about the democratization of alternative regime complexes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 20, no 3, 620-646 p.
Accountability, cosmopolitanism, experimental governance, global democracy, global governance, intellectual property rights, regime complexity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107609DOI: 10.1177/1354066113497492ISI: 000340726800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-107609DiVA: diva2:750150