The Government of the Peoples: On The Idea And Principles Of Multilateral Democracy

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byFrancis Cheneval

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Democracy is joint government of peoples. This book justifies principles of government for liberal democratic peoples who are willing to enhance the transnational rights of their citizens and accept institutional constraints in the pursuit of common goals. Unlike individualistic accounts of cosmopolitan democracy, this book constructs the design of a free political community of democracies from the perspective of the liberal democratic peoples. If liberal peoples want to govern by common institutions without forgoing their sovereignty--many have good reasons to do so--they should consider the conceptual and normative guidance offered in this book.

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Democracy is joint government of peoples. This book justifies principles of government for liberal democratic peoples who are willing to enhance the transnational rights of their citizens and accept institutional constraints in the pursuit of common goals. Unlike individualistic accounts of cosmopolitan democracy, this book constructs ...

Francis Cheneval is Chair in Political Philosophy at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He studied philosophy, political science, and corporate finance at the Universities of Fribourg, Georgetown, and Zurich. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Fribourg. Francis Cheneval has been lecturer and professor in Par...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.64 × 5.68 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011699X

ISBN - 13:9780230116993

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Idea of Multilateral Democracy * Approaching the Concept of Multilateral Democracy * The Transnational Dimension of Liberal Democracy * Multilateral Democracy from a Republican Point of View * The Conception of the People in Multilateral Democracy * The Rational Case for Multilateralism * Part II. Principles of Multilateral Democracy * Multilateral Democracy: The ‘Original Position’ * Principles of Multilateral Democracy

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“In The Government of Peoples, Francis Cheneval makes an important contribution to debates about extending democracy across borders. His conception of a ‘multilateral democracy’ cuts across the current lines of debate, offering a novel and comprehensive solution to the problems of democracy in a global era.”--James Bohman, Saint Louis University and author of Democracy Across Borders “In this masterful and original book, Francis Cheneval breaks fundamental new grounds by bringing together the many strands of scholarship relevant to our thinking on democracy among peoples and by demonstrating the relevance of Rawls' original position to the European project. A must read for anyone interested in the debates on democracy and the future of the European Union.”--Kalypso Nicolaïdis, professor of International Relations, University of Oxford