Conclusion: Responsive Democracy

Andrew Kuper

in Democracy Beyond Borders

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199274901
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601552 | DOI:
Conclusion: Responsive Democracy

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The conclusion compares the theories of global justice and democracy developed by Rawls, Habermas, and Kuper. It does so along ten dimensions: (1) Sources of Normativity, (2) Moral Scope, (3) Political Scope, (4) Spheres of Governance, (5) Political Interests, (6) Constraints on Governance, (7) Political Judgement, (8) Political Discretion, (9) Political Participation, and (10) Sites of Governance. The chapter argues that Kuper’s theory of Responsive Democracy has advantages along all these axes. These advantages are due to, above all, deep differences in the three theorists’ assumptions about power, knowledge, and the role of ideals in politics.

Keywords: constraints; discretion; Habermas; ideals; interests; judgement; knowledge; participation; power; Rawls; Responsive Democracy; spheres of governance

Chapter.  4997 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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