Global Stakeholder Democracy: Power and Representation Beyond Liberal States

Hardcover | July 8, 2008

byTerry Macdonald

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A pressing question at the forefront of current global political debates is: how can we salvage the democratic project in the context of 'globalization'? In recent years political activists have mounted high-profile campaigns for the democratization of powerful international institutions suchas the World Bank and IMF, and for greater 'corporate accountability'. In turn, many of the NGOs linked to these campaigns have themselves faced demands for greater democratic legitimacy. Global Stakeholder Democracy responds to these challenges by outlining an innovative theoretical andinstitutional framework for democratizing the many state and non-state actors wielding public power in contemporary global politics. In doing so, the book lays out a promising new agenda for global democratic reform. Its analysis begins with the recognition that we cannot simply recreate traditionalconstitutional and electoral institutions of democratic states on a global scale, through the construction of a democratic 'super-state'. Rather, we must develop new kinds of democratic institutions capable of dealing with the realities of global pluralism, and democratizing powerful non-stateactors as well as states. Through reflecting on the democratic dilemmas surrounding the political power of global NGOs, the book mounts a powerful challenge to the state-centric theoretical assumptions that have underpinned the established democratic theories of both 'cosmopolitan' and'communitarian' liberals. In particular, it challenges the widespread assumption that 'sovereign' power, 'bounded' (national or global) societies, and 'electoral' processes are essential institutional foundations of a democratic system. The book then re-thinks the democratic project from itsconceptual foundations, posing the questions: What needs to be controlled? Who ought to control it? How could they do so? In answering these questions, the book develops a novel theoretical model of representative democracy that is focused on plural (state and non-state) actors rather than onunitary state structures. It elaborates a democratic framework based on the new theoretical concepts of 'public power', 'stakeholder communities' and 'non-electoral representation', and illustrates the practical implications of these proposals for projects of global institutional reform.

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A pressing question at the forefront of current global political debates is: how can we salvage the democratic project in the context of 'globalization'? In recent years political activists have mounted high-profile campaigns for the democratization of powerful international institutions suchas the World Bank and IMF, and for greater '...

Terry Macdonald was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, before taking M.Phil and D.Phil degrees in International Relations from Oxford University (Nuffield College). She has previously held positions as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Politics at Merton College, Oxford, and as a Research Fellow at the Australian National Univ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199235007

ISBN - 13:9780199235001

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IntroductionPart I: Democratic Boundaries in the New Global Polity1. Democracy Beyond 'Closed' Societies2. Public Power Beyond 'Sovereign' States3. The Public Power of NGOs in Global Politics4. From Nation-States to 'Stakeholder' CommunitiesPart II: Democratic Representation in the New Global Polity5. Global Social Choice Beyond Nation-State Representation6. Global Social Choice Through Multi-Stakeholder Representation7. Theorising Global Representative Agency: Non-Electoral Authorization and Accountability8. Instituting Global Representative Agency: The Authorization and Accountability of NGOs9. ConclusionBibliography