Global Democracy and its Difficulties (Challenges of Globalisation)

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Oct 202015
 
Global Democracy and its Difficulties (Challenges of Globalisation)
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The political project of extending democracy to the global level is seen as the next major challenge for proponents of democracy. This volume considers some of the difficulties which need to be overcome for this extension to take place. The issues discussed include:

Philosophical and theoretical questions about the nature of democracy and the justification of its values Pressing political considerations, such as the crucial role of elections in democracy promotion Legal developments, such as the role of international law and judicial networks The nature of the global political space as democratization brings challenges to the ways in which systems have traditionally been organized
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Modernity Out of Joint: Global Democracy and Asian Values in Jürgen Habermas and Amartya K. Sen

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Oct 192015
 
Modernity Out of Joint: Global Democracy and Asian Values in Jürgen Habermas and Amartya K. Sen
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In Modernity Out of Joint, our global age is redefined as the time in which modernity has gone "out of joint". What happens to the traditional and well-established notion of "modernity" when we can no longer rely on a single center of the world? How does our conception of rights change when confronted with the "democracy of others"? The author deals with these pressing issues through an acute survey of two widely influential paradigms of contemporary democratic theory: J. Habermas' discourse ethics and A.K. Sen's capabilities approach. In both cases, the global challenge represented by today's claim to an "Asian difference" against the Western canon motivates us to revise some fundamental assumptions of modern political anthropology. At the same time, this challenge invites us to revive the unexpressed potential still latent in the building blocks of Western thought and experience, in view of a renewed multilateral universalism.