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Democracy under a veil: civilisation

Kirsten Haack

in The United Nations Democracy Agenda

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780719079818
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079818.003.0003
Democracy under a veil: civilisation

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This chapter analyses the philosophical foundations of United Nations (UN) democracy, including the political discourse leading up to the creation of the UN, and its place in the UN Charter. It explains that the idea of democracy features strongly as an essential element of the liberal internationalist politics out of which the UN grew. But despite a central location in the philosophy of international organisations and liberal international relations, democracy was not included in the UN Charter. It was subjugated under the pragmatics of peace and the establishment of sovereignty in the decolonisation process.

Keywords: democracy; United Nations; political discourse; UN Charter; internationalist politics; international relations; sovereignty; decolonisation process

Chapter.  10781 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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