Democratizing Global Politics

Democratizing Global Politics : Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community

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Historically, international institutions have been secretive and not particularly democratic. They have typically excluded almost all interested parties except the representatives of the most powerful nations. Because of this "deficit of democracy" international organizations and regimes have found themselves the target of protest movements and lobbying campaigns. Democratizing Global Politics finds that, in response to this mounting legitimacy crisis, international organizations and regimes are beginning to embrace new norms of participation and transparency, opening the decision-making process to additional political and social actors and creating opportunities for meaningful external scrutiny. Two case studies examine the construction of such "discourse norms" in the Global Environmental Facility and the World Trade Organization. The authors conclude that these normative changes not only legitimize international institutions--they also promote the development of political community on a global scale.
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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 152.4 x 234.7 x 17.27mm | 408g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791459276
  • 9780791459270

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"The book's central theme of political community is developed nicely in theoretical terms, and the cases explored begin to suggest some of its dimensions in practice. The authors avoid excessive jargon, even while writing in a field loaded with it. This is an enjoyable read."
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About Rodger A. Payne

Rodger A. Payne is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville.

Nayef H. Samhat is National Endowment for the Humanities Associate Professor of Government and International Studies at Centre College.
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