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Piecing a Democratic Quilt?: Regional Organizations and Universal Norms

Piecing a Democratic Quilt?: Regional Organizations and Universal Norms

by Edward McMahon, Scott Baker


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Piecing a Democratic Quilt?: Regional Organizations and Universal Norms

In recent years, a "democratic entitlement" doctrine, in which citizens have a universal right to be governed according to democratic standards, has begun to take form in international law. Acceptance of this doctrine is widely, but not fully, shared throughout the world. Developing a global consensus on democratic entitlement has been, and continues to be, a daunting task. While domestic factors, including the growth of civil society and the functioning of the state government, will always play a significant role in the level of democratization within a state, increasingly important components of this international factor are regional organizations. The role of regional organizations is a compelling and important, but as yet highly uneven and incomplete, story.

McMahon and Baker fill in the gaps in this story by assessing the differing approaches that regional organizations are developing to promote and protect member state adherence to democratic principles. Timely, and written in an engaging and highly readable style, Piecing a Democratic Quilt provides essential insights and analysis of processes and organizations that affect the lives of everyone on the planet.

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ISBN-13: 9781565492233
Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scott Baker is a professor in the International Business Leadership program at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont.

Edward McMahon is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

1) Introduction; 2) Setting the Scene; 3) European Union; 4) Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; 5) North Atlantic Treaty Organization; 6) Organization of American States; 7) The Commonwealth; 8) Organization of African Unity / African Union; 9) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Arab League; 10) Comparative Analysis; 11) Towards a Finished Quilt: Future Perspectives and Recommendations

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