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Legitimacy Beyond the State?: Re-examining the Democratic Credentials of Transnational Actors (Democracy Beyond the Nation State? Transnational Actors and Global Governance) [Hardcover]

Eva Erman , Anders Uhlin

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4 Aug 2010 0230239072 978-0230239074
The democratic deficit in contemporary global governance arrangements is a matter of increasing political and scholarly concern. The participation of transnational actors, such as civil society groups and corporations, in global governance is often put forward as a solution to this democratic deficit. However, most research into the democratic aspects of transnational actor participation in global governance has focused on the democratic qualities of the global governance arrangement at large – rather than specifically on the participating transnational actors. This book seeks to redress the balance and draws on case studies on the democratic legitimacy of different kinds of transnational actors, ranging from corporations and philanthropic foundations to non-governmental organizations, social movements, and diaspora groups. Combining normative democratic theory and empirical research into the legitimacy of transnational actors, the book offers innovative interpretations of democratic legitimacy in a transnational context.

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Filling a void in previous research, this book analyzes the democratic credentials of different kinds of transnational actors combining normative democratic theory and empirical research

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EVA ERMAN is Associate Professor in Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. She is the author of Human Rights and Democracy: Discourse Theory and Global Rights Institutions, and has published a number of articles on discourse theory and discourse ethics, democratic theory, human rights and global governance. Erman is also the Chief Editor of Ethics & Global Politics

ANDERS UHLIN is Associate Professor of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden. His main research interests are processes of democratization, civil society activism, and transnational relations. Previous books include Post-Soviet Civil Society, Transnational Activism in Asia (co-edited) and Indonesia and the 'Third Wave of Democratization'.

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