Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cosmopolitan democracy is a project of normative political theory that attempts to apply some of the principles, values, and procedures of democracy to global politics. Well-known academic advocates of cosmopolitan democracy include David Held, Mary Kaldor, Richard Falk, and Daniele Archibugi. Many civil society activists and peace movements have also supported the idea of cosmopolitan democracy. The basic aim of cosmopolitan democracy is to expand some of the principles, values, and procedures of democracy at the global level. This implies devolving more powers and functions to the existing international organizations and generating new ones. Cosmopolitan democracy does not aim to substitute existing states with a world political power. Rather than attempting to concentrate force in a single source, it aims to subjugate coercive powers by developing more advanced constitutional rules. Cosmopolitan democracy can be seen as a modern revival of some peace theories. In particular, it is an attempt to ...