Global Governance and Cosmopolitan Democracy: Bridging the gap between proponents and opponents
Keywords:Global governance, cosmopolitan democracy, substantive democracy, global civil society, global institutions,
The aim of this paper is to seize the middle ground between the advocates and the critics of cosmopolitan democracy. Although a number of critiques raised with regard both to the feasibility and the suitability of the project are rightly raised, a trajectory towards cosmopolitanism is necessary at a time when globalization not only connects different parts of the world in an unprecedented way, but also more than ever creates the need for more extensive cooperation, collective and effective global governance. Bearing that in mind, and with the aim to surpass the pessimism of the critics, the paper examines how global governance can become more inclusive and symmetrical by pursuing a gradualist approach in comparison to the more holistic cosmopolitan project.
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