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Title: Globalization and Developmental Democracy
Author(s): CUNNINGHAM, Frank
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Date: December 2008
Problems posed to democracy by globalization may be approached with the primary focus on political institutions, or on economics, or on political culture. The problems addressed in this contribution are, first, that the interconnectedness of the world’s countries calls for inter-country governing structures, which are difficult to achieve on a large and world-wide scale and, second, that global forces impede democracy within single countries. Starting from the premise that effectively addressing the second problem is necessary for making major progress in resolving the first, the contribution approaches this problem on the terrain of political culture. To this end, it draws on the theory of 'developmental democracy' expounded by C.B. Macpherson to argue that citizens motivated by the counter possessive-individualist values of developmental democracy are best placed to resist anti-democratic pressures on their respective countries and are also prone to support trans-country democratic initiatives and institutions.