On the Creation of a Global Peoples Assembly: Legitimacy and the Power of Popular Sovereignty
27 Pages Posted: 8 May 2008
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.
Keywords: international law, global peoples assembly, democracy, global democracy, international organization
JEL Classification: K33
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