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Democracy Beyond Borders

Andrew Kuper

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199274901
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601552 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199274908.001.0001
Democracy Beyond Borders

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Global organizations are exercising unprecedented power–from the hallowed halls of the UN to the closed boardrooms of multinational corporations. Yet their leaders are often scandalously unaccountable to the people they claim to serve. How can we ensure that global leaders act responsively, and effectively, in the interests of the world’s people? In this lucid and provocative book, Andrew Kuper develops persuasive and practical answers.Democracy Beyond Borders criticizes conventional theories of justice and democracy that focus almost exclusively on the state and its electoral cycles. Kuper shows how non-state actors, such as corporations and civil society advocates, can be brought into multi-level government as partners with states. He presents an original theory of representation to answer the problem of accountability. At the core of this vision is a new separation of powers, in which different global actors check and balance one another in a complex harmony. This innovative framework complements electoral accountability and enables Kuper to recommend far-reaching reforms to the World Courts, the UN, and advocacy agencies including Transparency International.Democracy Beyond Borders stands at the forefront of a new generation of political thought, for which globalization is the challenge and deepening democracy the solution.

Keywords: accountability; balance of powers; citizenship; corporations; democracy; elections; global; globalization; institutional design; institutional reform; International Court of Justice; International Criminal Court; justice; leadership; non-state actors; representation; Responsive Democracy; state; transparency; UN

Book.  192 pages. 

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction: Walking the Tightrope in Democracy Beyond Borders

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Global Justice in Democracy Beyond Borders

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Representation as Responsiveness in Democracy Beyond Borders

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Transforming Global Institutions in Democracy Beyond Borders

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Conclusion: Responsive Democracy in Democracy Beyond Borders

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