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Chapter in book
Authors Jan Aart Scholte
Published in The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies
Pages 431-454
ISBN 978-0-19-063057-7
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
Pages 431-454
Language en
Keywords democracy, global democracy, communitarianism, multilateralism, world federalism, multistakeholder governance, deliberation, resistance, redistribution, transculturalism, ecological democracy
Subject categories Globalization Studies


This chapter explores democracy as a key normative challenge for global research and global action. It asks how “people’s power” can and should be conceived and practiced in respect of global spaces. This question is examined from both institutional and deeper structural perspectives. In terms of institutions, the discussion summarizes and critically assesses six suggested organizational designs for democratic global politics: communitarianism, multilateralism, world federalism, multistakeholder initiatives, deliberative forums, and resistance struggles. In terms of deeper structures, the analysis considers matters of resource distribution, cultural diversity, and political ecology. The chapter concludes that reinvented democracy for today’s global world requires both institutional and structural transformations, in combinations that will likely vary according to the specific context at hand. It is a key normative task for global studies to foster these new ideas and practices.

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