Book Review: The Democracy Deficit by Alfred C. Aman
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law
Journal of Legal Studies, 2005
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-06
The study of globalization is burgeoning across the academy, and is increasingly a topic of legal scholarship. While critiques and defenses of globalization are myriad, the theme most commonly propounded in legal circles is that of a democratic deficit. As decisions previously taken at the national level are constrained by, or undertaken through, the acts of international organizations, policies are increasingly harmonized and, some argue, shifted in a free market direction. Traditional administrative law concepts and solutions appear increasingly feeble; the challenge is to update administrative law for the age of treaties. In this essay, which reviews Alfred Aman's The Democracy Deficit: Taming Globalization Through Law Reform (2004), I situate the book in the broader literatures on globalization and global governance and evaluate the alleged challenges to democracy and due process posed by these twin phenomena.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: global governance, administrative law
Date posted: February 3, 2006