On the Creation of a Global Peoples Assembly: Legitimacy and the Power of Popular Sovereignty
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Andrew L. Strauss
Widener University - School of Law
Stanford Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2000
This article makes the theoretical case for a civil society initiated Global Peoples Assembly (GPA) that would be popularly elected by the global citizenry. The authors argue that if civil society organizations were able to agree on a framework for a GPA and to hold popular elections, the assembly would be poised to become a singularly influential global institution. Exploring the dynamics of democratic legitimacy, and how it acts to empower political institutions, the article explores how an unofficially created GPA could gradually assume law-making powers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: international law, global peoples assembly, democracy, global democracy, international organization
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: May 8, 2008
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