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Considering Global Democracy - An Introduction to the Symposium: Envisioning a More Democratic Global System

5 Pages Posted: 15 May 2008  

Andrew L. Strauss

Widener University

Date Written: June 1, 2008


This introduction to the symposium: Envisioning a More Democratic Global System held at Widener University School of Law in the spring of 2006 provides a conceptual overview of symposium papers published in Volume 13:2 of the Widener Law Review. The papers, which can be found at the Widener Law Review website, fall into two groups. As a reference point for understanding how the democratization of the international system can occur, the first group examines the process of democratization at the national level. The second group of papers forward and assess specific proposals for democratizing the global system with a particular emphasis on the proposal for a global parliament. In addition to his own paper, the contributions discussed by Professor Strauss in the introduction are from: Daniele Archibugi, Director, Italian National Research Council; Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University and Visiting Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara; Greg Fox, Professor, Wayne State University School of Law; Thomas Franck, Professor Emeritus, New York University School of Law; Zaid Ibrahim, Member, Parliament of Malaysia; Robert Johanson, Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; David Kennedy, Professor, Harvard Law School; Heraldo MuïFFDoz, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations; Kinhide Mushakoji, Professor, Osaka University of Economics and Law; Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World; Heikki Patomaki, Professor, University of Helsinki; Kimon Valaskakis, President, The New School of Athens.

Keywords: democracy, global parliament, international law, global governance

JEL Classification: K33, N40

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Strauss, Andrew L., Considering Global Democracy - An Introduction to the Symposium: Envisioning a More Democratic Global System (June 1, 2008). Widener Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007. Available at SSRN:

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