Book Review: The Democracy Deficit by Alfred C. Aman

10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2006

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Kal Raustiala

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law


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.

Keywords: global governance, administrative law

Suggested Citation

Raustiala, Kal, Book Review: The Democracy Deficit by Alfred C. Aman. Journal of Legal Studies, 2005; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-06. Available at SSRN:

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