Welcome, global citizens!
This is the promotional website of the book Global Democracy: The struggle for political and civil rights in the 21st century (Vanderbilt University Press), recommended by David Held, Peter Singer, and Kumi Naidoo.
Global public policies increasingly affect the lives of people around the world. From trade agreements to a new treaty on climate change, from UN sanctions against Iran's nuclear program to peacekeeping in Darfur, global public policy has become too important to bypass the democratic process.
The book's bumper-sticker version is:
"One person, one vote" for global public policy decisions!
The book develops that slogan as:
- A vision that can be achieved through incremental steps. The struggle for global democracy is already under way, and the book is relevant to today's foreign policy debates.
- A vision that fits the trends of shifting power in world affairs: rising power of the "global middle class" (e.g., Brazil, Russia, India, China); pressure from the so-called "anti-globalization movement"; and the ideological dominance of the "global upper class": global democracy is all about civil and political rights – the creed of Americans and Europeans.
The first part of the book is geared to political scientists. It challenges the "global governance" literature, which oversells the merits of transparency, accountability and participation to fix the "democractic deficit" of global public policy. Participatory democracy is a complement, not a substitute, of representative democracy! The book proposes a rigorous analytical framework to think of democracy in the international context.
The second part of the book is geared to practitioners of international affairs – government officials, think-tank researchers, NGO activists, etc. With numerous illustrations of current events, it argues that global democracy is both realistic and desirable to tackle the 21st century's global challenges in the areas of peace, human rights, economic development, and the environment. The book positions global democracy as an alternative foreign policy doctrine, superior to "realism", "neo-conservatism", or "internationalism."
The conclusion offers take-away lessons for five audiences: activists of the global movement for social justice, government officials of developing countries, European federalists, American neo-conservatives, and American Democrats.
Women, the working class, and blacks won the suffrage at the national level of government in previous centuries. Political equality at the global level between nationals of poor countries and Westerners is the civil rights struggle of the 21st century!