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The Transformation of Democracy?: Globalization and Territorial Democracy

The Transformation of Democracy?: Globalization and Territorial Democracy

Anthony McGrew (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-745-61816-6

Jul 1997, Polity

279 pages

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The Transformation of Democracy? examines whether globalization is transforming the conditions under which liberal democratic politics operate and, given this, what the prospects are for a more democratic world order.

The book is divided into two parts: Part I: 'Global Transformations', asks whether globalization is transforming the conditions of liberal democratic governance.

Part II: 'Democratizing World Order', critically evaluates the prospects for democratizing global forces through an examination of the reform of global governance: the democratic potential of the EU; international initiatives to develop greater democratic accountability of multinational corporate capital; and universal human rights.

The final chapter reflects upon the meaning of democracy in the context of contemporary patterns of globalization and regionalization.

The contributors to the volume include Robert Cox, Donna Dickenson, Tony Evans, Mark Imber, David Goldblatt, Anthony McGrew, James Goodman, Grahame Thompson, and Martin Shaw.



1. Globalization and Territorial Democracy: an introduction: Anthony McGrew.

Part I: Global Transformations:.

2. Globalization and Post-Military Democracy: Martin Shaw.

3. Economic Globalization and the Limits to Liberal Democracy: Robert Cox.

4. Liberal Democracy and the Globalization of Environmental Risks.

5. Counting Women In: globalization, democratization and the women's movement: Donna Dickenson.

Part II: Democratizing World Order:.


6. Democratization and Human Rights: Tony Evans.

7. Multinational Corporations and Democratic Governance: Grahame Thompson.

8. The European Union: Reconstituting Democracy Beyond the Nation-State: James Goodman.

9. Geo-Governance Without Democracy? Reforming the UN System: Mark Imber.

Part III: Conclusion:.

10. Democracy Beyond Borders? Globalization and the Reconstruction of Democratic Theory and Practice: Anthony McGrew.



"Many volumes have tacked the question of globalisation, but few approach the topic explicitly in relation to the present and future shape of democracy, particularly in a manner which is accessible to undergraduate students. The Transformation of Democracy? does just that, presenting with clarity the incisive arguments and complex paradoxes associated with this most pertinent of issues in international relations." Times Higher Education Supplement
  • An Open University set text
  • A wide ranging examination of the challenges of globalization in the nation-state and the future of national democracy
  • Written for students, this book presents a balanced assessment of the extent to which processes of regionalization and globalization are changing the nature of modern political community
  • Specially designed so each chapter can be read on its own while presenting a comprehensive set of arguments which run through the text. Each chapter has a uniform overall style and set of summaries to aid the book's value as an introduction to some of the most pressing questions in political science and international relations today.