Global Democratic Theory is the first comprehensive introduction tothe changing contours of democracy in today's hyperconnectedworld. Accessibly written for readers new to the topic, itconsiders the impact of globalization and global forms ofgovernance and activism on democratic politics and examines howdemocratic theory has responded to address these challenges,including calls for new forms of democracy to be developed beyondthe nation-state and for greater public participation andaccountability in existing global institutions.
Divided into two parts, the book shows how globalization providesboth new obstacles and new opportunities for democracy. PartI explores the shifts underway at the national and internationallevels that are challenging democracy within nation-states aroundthe world. In response, new proposals for global and transnationaldemocracy have emerged. Part II critically analyses five mainapproaches of 'global democratic theory' D liberalinternationalism, cosmopolitan democracy, deliberative democracy,social democracy and radical democracy, focusing on their specificinterpretation of the problems facing democracy, theirnormative claims, and the feasibility of their proposed pathways ofdemocratization. The book's extensive account of theproblems and possibilities facing democracy today will be essentialreading for students and scholars of politics, political theory andpolitical philosophy.