Reimagining global democracy from world parliament to global digital deliberation and participation
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Globalisation presents the latest challenge to democracy, as rules made at the global level lack the consent of the world’s people. As a solution to this, several scholars propose a world ...
Globalisation presents the latest challenge to democracy, as rules made at the global level lack the consent of the world’s people. As a solution to this, several scholars propose a world parliament, but such an institution would struggle to be effective and legitimate. Instead, global democracy should be reimagined as a decentralised and networked form of governance, as can be seen in digital deliberation and participation. While digital democracy will grow over several decades, there are aspects that can be applied in the shorter term to democratise existing global governance institutions, particularly through non-electoral accountability. Potential criticisms of this model include fears over the relationship between capitalism and democracy, and the representative nature and capability of digital users, but responses can be made to each of these criticisms. Further research should aim to build a more robust evidence base for the development of global digital democracy and suggest actions to pursue it.
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