This issue features a symposium on global democracy with guest editors Raffaele Marchetti and Terry Macdonald, and articles by Terry Macdonald and Kate Macdonald, Jens Steffek, and John Gastil, Colin J. Lingle, and Eugene P. Deess. It also features an essay, "The Politics of Punishing Terrorists," by Anthony F. Lang, Jr.; a review essay, "Terrorism, Resistance, and the Idea of 'Unlawful Combatancy'," by Christopher J. Finlay; and book reviews.
The Politics of Punishing Terrorists [Full Text]
Debates about trying and punishing terrorists reveal how the failure to construct a shared normative consensus in international criminal justice continues to bedevil the international community. The only way to achieve this consensus is to engage in the messy business of politics.
Symposium on Global Democracy
Introduction [Full Text]
If global democratization is to advance beyond the current point, it is necessary to confront the practical challenge of institutional design: How might ideals of global democracy be put effectively into practice given the many constraints imposed by the existing global political order?
Democracy in a Pluralist Global Order: Corporate Power and Stakeholder Representation [Abstract]
Global democratization cannot be achieved by simply replicating familiar democratic institutions on a global scale. We must explore alternative institutional means for establishing democratic institutions at the global level within the present pluralist structure of global power.
Public Accountability and the Public Sphere of International Governance [Abstract]
Steffek advocates a return to a conception of public accountability as accountability to the wider public. He investigates the prospects for this beyond the state, which depends on the emergence of a transnational public sphere, consisting of media and organized civil society.
Deliberation and Global Criminal Justice: Juries in the International Criminal Court [Abstract]
Juries could bolster the ICC's legitimacy by promoting public trust, increasing procedural fairness, foregrounding deliberative reasoning, and embodying democratic values. ICC juries would present novel logistical, philosophical, and legal problems, but these could be overcome.
Terrorism, Resistance, and the Idea of "Unlawful Combatancy" [Full Text]
When faced with security threats from terrorism and other forms of nonstate political violence, how should liberal-democratic states respond? Finlay discusses books by Tamar Meisels, Seumas Miller, and Timothy Shanahan.
The Global Commonwealth of Citizens: Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy by Daniele Archibugi [Full Text]
This book provides not only an exhaustive treatment of the benefits and drawbacks of cosmopolitan democracy, but also the most detailed statement to date of how some form of cosmopolitan democracy could be realized, writes reviewer Luis Cabrera.
The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days by Karen Greenberg [Full Text]
The lesson of the first 100 days of Guantanamo is not one of how truth and justice triumphed, but of how efficiently a bureaucratic machine on a war footing circumvented ethical norms and suppressed dissent, writes reviewer Petra Bartosiewicz.
War in an Age of Risk by Christopher Coker [Full Text]
This book adds several new elements to the relation between war and the risk society. They are anxiety, complexity, and the future, writes reviewer Claudia Aradau.
Briefly Noted [Full Text]
This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.