Cosmopolitan Democracy: Paths and Agents [Abstract]

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 25.4 (Winter 2011)

December 15, 2011

Ethics & International Affairs

One of the recurrent criticisms of the project of cosmopolitan democracy has been that it has not examined the political, economic, and social agents that might have an interest in pursuing this programme. This criticism is addressed directly in this article. It shows that there is a variety of paths that, in their own right, could lead to more democratic global governance, and that there are numerous political, economic, and social agents that have an interest in the pursuit of these. Cosmopolitan democracy is an open-ended project that aims to increase the accountability, transparency, and legitimacy of global governance, and the battery of agents and initiatives outlined highlight the direction and politics required to make it possible.

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