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Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization [Excerpt]

Michael Goodhart (Routledge, 2005)

Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization

Helene Gandois (reviewer)

Michael Goodhart’s book is not advocating that democracy is a human right that should be protected and promoted as such. The plural in the title introduces a small but significant difference. Starting from the challenges that democracy faces within the context of globalization, the author reconceptualizes democracy as human rights, which he describes thus: ‘‘Democracy as human rights defines a political commitment to universal emancipation through securing the equal enjoyment of fundamental human rights for everyone”…

 

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