Democracy and International Community

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI:
 Democracy and International Community

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This chapter explores the issue of democracy as a basis of international community. It reviews the debate on the European Union as a political community, NATO, and a speech by the leader of a major Western power who advocates a ‘doctrine of international community’ which would make democracy and human rights a global standard of conduct. It argues that pluralism or international freedom is a greater international good than democracy. This, in turn, makes democracy possible by giving people a choice on whether or not to establish democracy in their own country.

Keywords: democracy; international democracy; human rights; political community

Chapter.  16609 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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