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Pluralist Democracy in International Relations

L.T. Hobhouse, G.D.H. Cole, and David Mitrany


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Leonie Holthaus
    Pages 1-29
  3. Leonie Holthaus
    Pages 119-151
  4. Leonie Holthaus
    Pages 233-250
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-257

About this book


This book demonstrates the importance of democracy for understanding modern international relations and recovers the pluralist tradition of L.T. Hobhouse, G.D.H. Cole, and David Mitrany. It shows that pluralism’s typical interest in civil society, trade unionism, and transnationalism evolved as part of a wide-ranging democratic critique that representative democracies are hardly self-sustaining and are ill-equipped to represent all entitled social and political interests in international relations. Pluralist democratic peace theory advocates transnational loyalties to check nationalist sentiments and demands the functional representation of social and economic interests in international organizations. On the basis of the pluralist tradition, the book shows that theories about domestic democracy and international organizations co-evolved before scientific liberal democratic peace theory introduced new inside/outside distinctions.


Pluralist Democracy IR theory democratic theory intellectual history Hobhouse Mitrany G.D.H. Cole David Mitrany L.T. Hobhouse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PolitikwissenschaftTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

About the authors

Leonie Holthaus is Senior Research Fellow at TU Darmstadt, Germany, and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Frankfurt University, Germany. Her articles have appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, the Review of International Studies, and the International History Review

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