Global Democracy. Promises and Delusions

  • Klaus Müller


The downfall of East European communism triggered hopes of a third, global wave of democracy. Driven by the spread of free markets and new information technologies, liberal democracy appeared as the only game in town. Closer inspection on the interplay of globalisation and democracy during the last two decades advises more caution. First, the globalisation of democracy can mean different, not necessarily complementary things: a rising number of states on the transition to democracy; the rise of post-national institutions with the European Union as a paradigm; or the democratisation of international organizations as a step towards a cosmopolitan democracy. Second, it is not at all evident that the globalisation of capital underpins the spread of democracy. Setbacks are not only to be observed in several ‘new democracies’, notably in the post-Soviet area. Also in the West, market-conformism has subverted the meaning of democracy, while the global financial crisis exacerbated the EU’s democratic deficit. Given these conditions, cosmopolitan democracy seems a more distant hope.


Civil Society International Monetary Fund Global Civil Society Bretton Wood System Constitutional Treaty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Humanities, Department of Political Science and Contemporary HistoryFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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