Cosmopolitan Democracy: A Restatement

15 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2011

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Daniele Archibugi

Italian National Research Council (CNR); University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics

Date Written: February 17, 2011


Can democracy be expanded beyond borders? For many years, it was given for granted that the norms and values of democracy could be applied within the boundaries of a state only. But over the last twenty years, it has been increasingly argued that democracy can also inform international organizations and global politics. This article recapitulates the foundations of cosmopolitan democracy, a project of normative political theory developed since the early 1990s. The article also explores the possibility to move towards cosmopolitan democracy in specific domains such as: i) the development of a global rule of law; ii) the direct participation of stake-holders in trans-border political decisions, and iii) the possibility to give voice to citizens through a World Parliamentary Assembly. The paper finally explores how citizenship education can use cosmopolitan democracy and, at the same time, provides a model of it.

Keywords: Globalization, Democracy, Cosmopolitanism, Citizenship Education, World Parliament, Global Rule Of Law

Suggested Citation

Archibugi, Daniele, Cosmopolitan Democracy: A Restatement (February 17, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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