Foreword to Margeret Stout & Jeannine M. Love, A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance. Dystopian Utopias
Transnational Law and Governance, gLAWcal Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London) ISBN 978-1-1386-5405-1, December 2016, pp. XIII-XV.
21 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 04, 2016
Nowadays, it is impossible to ignore the voices blaming the existing systems of governance within the borderless globalization system for being incapable of adequately responding to the problems and needs of the current age. The rage and discontent of a growing portion of the population who feel they have been left aside or who feel more insecure within prosperous Western societies, is demonstrated in the growing support of anti-system parties and candidates. Most recently – last but not least – the majority vote for “Brexit” in the referendum in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, leaves us confronted with a burning question: What went wrong?
The necessity of finding an answer to this question has never been greater than today. The growing concerns regarding progressive climate change, rapid technological development, wars and conflicts affecting different parts of the world, terrorism, migration crisis, unstable and weak job market and the general insecurity of the populous cannot simply be criticized as collective paranoia against globalization. The rising inequality or insecurity even of the middle-class related therewith puts pressure on the existing social order and elites who often fail to keep a pace with these latest developments or to adequately respond to them in a time of crisis.
Keywords: Global Governance, Globalization, Democracy, Radical, Dystopian Utopias, Cooperation, Collaboration, Inequality, Development
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