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Title: Two Paths to Global Democracy
Author(s): DRYZEK, John S.
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Date: December 2008
The pursuit of global democracy requires some creative thinking and a willingness to let go of assumptions that have been conditioned by democracy’s long association with the sovereign state. This paper begins by expressing scepticism about three popular devices that have been brought by democratic theorists into debates about transnational democracy: the very idea of models of democracy, cosmopolitanism, and constitutionalism. Moving beyond scepticism, a path of transnational democratization is sketched that relies upon the consequential character of discourses in international affairs, and can be applied to complex multi-level governance. Discourses, and so discursive democracy, matter to the degree formal institutions are weak and resistant to strengthening. Transnational discursive democratization is contrasted with a more formal and constitutional path to global democracy.