Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century

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The chapters in this volume deal with timely issues regarding democracy in theory and in practice in today's globalized world. Authored by leading political philosophers of our time, they appear here for the first time. The essays challenge and defend assumptions about the role of democracy as a viable political and legal institution in response to globalization, keeping in focus the role of rights at the normative foundations of democracy in a pluralistic world. Through an examination of key topics of current relevance, with contrasting views of the leading theorists, the chapters address the most relevant theories and forms of globalization, traditional democratic paradigms and their limits, public deliberation and democratic participation, the moral hazards of imperial democracy, and the future of liberal democracy. In addition to suggesting new perspectives on democracy, they use the current debate on justice, human rights, sovereignty, and cultural relativism to shed light on enduring questions about politics, culture, and global development. This timely and provocative collection will be of interest to anyone concerned with democracy, human rights, global justice, economic development, poverty, international law, peace, and various aspects of globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
Overall the book advocates the thesis of republican democracy against liberal and cosmopolitan approaches. Critical. 2009, 7 (2)
Joel H. Rosenthal
Globalization continues to generate forces of integration and fragmentation. We see the empirical evidence in flows of capital, information, technology, people, and even pollution. But what is the normative impact of globalization? What does globalization mean for the human values embodied in human rights claims and democratic institutions' This volume, imaginatively conceived and skillfully edited by Deen K. Chatterjee, gives us the best answers available from the leading political theorists of our time.
Richard Miller
Democracy in a Global World is a wide-ranging discussion of the proper role of democratic values in human rights and global governance, featuring diverse perspectives, contributions by leading figures and admirable sensitivity to the distinctive challenges of international justice.
January 2009 Social Theory and Practice
The volume succeeds impressively as a collection of essays that think hard about key themes. Most of the essays, taken on their own terms, are of a very high quality.
Richard Falk
Democracy in a Global World is an invaluable collection of essays on vital issues by an exceptionally gifted group of scholars. What we have here is a truly profound set of explorations into the prospects of democracy in a globalizing world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742514515
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Philosophy and the Global Context Series
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Deen K. Chatterjee is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Utah. He is the author of several books and articles in the areas political philosophy, applied ethics, and philosophy of religion and culture.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Democracy and Globalization Chapter 3 Development Ethics, Democracy, and Globalization Chapter 4 Negotiating the Global and the Local: Situating Transnational Democracy and Human Rights Part 5 Autonomy, Diversity, and Universal Human Rights Chapter 6 Relativism, Self-Determination, and Human Rights Chapter 7 Constitutions and Capabilities Part 8 Nationalism and Global Democracy Chapter 9 The Varieties of Nationalism Chapter 10 Global Democracy: International, Not Cosmopolitan Part 11 Global Public and the New World Order Chapter 12 Rawls' Law of Peoples and the New World Order Chapter 13 The Global Public and Its Problems

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