Jan Schoolte: Building Global Democracy

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Jan Schoolte: Building Global Democracy

  1. 1. BUILDING GLOBAL DEMOCRACY • Global democracy? • What is the problem? • The BGD Programme • What is the answer?
  2. 2. Global Democracy?• democracy > national self-determination• democracy = affected people participating in and controlling the decisions that affect them• many of today’s policy challenges are global• many of today’s publics are globally spread
  3. 3. What Is the Problem?• conceptual confusion• lack of awareness• anti-democratic institutional arrangements• hugely uneven resource distributions• weak ethics of interculturality
  4. 4. BGD Programme: Aims• to put global democracy on the agenda• to increase conceptual clarity about global democracy• to highlight innovative efforts to further global democracy• to develop viable proposals to advance global democracy• to enhance capacity for global democracy promotion• to promote practitioner-researcher collaboration on global democracy• to build networks for the advance of global democracy
  5. 5. BGD Programme: Activities (1)• workshops with plans of action and case studies• publications (policy briefs, toolkits, pamphlets, articles, books)• a website in 8 languages (45,000 visitors from 120 countries)• Facebook page with 850 Friends• an online catalogue of 300 institutions and programmes working on global democracy
  6. 6. BGD Activities (2)• an online library with 600 publications concerning global democracy• a database of 6,400 persons in 162 countries interested in global democracy• a quarterly electronic newsletter• public presentations of BGD work• media coverage of BGD work
  7. 7. BGD Methodology• interregional• intercultural• interdisciplinary• social diversity• sectoral diversity• knowledge/action
  8. 8. What Answer: Statism?• universalise the democratic nation-state• multilateral cooperation of democratic states• is this good enough?
  9. 9. What Answer: Cosmopolitanism?• ‘scale up’ principles of western modern liberal democracy• global human rights• global citizenship• global civil society• global representative government• Is this good enough?
  10. 10. What Answer: New Directions?• transscalarity: linking household-local-national- regional-global• plural solidarities: beyond nation and humanity• transculturality• major progressive redistribution• from citizenship to eco-ship

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