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Democracy Beyond BordersJustice and Representation in Global Institutions$
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Andrew Kuper

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199274908.001.0001

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Conclusion: Responsive Democracy

Conclusion: Responsive Democracy

(p.191) Conclusion: Responsive Democracy
Democracy Beyond Borders

Andrew Kuper

Oxford University Press

The conclusion compares the theories of global justice and democracy developed by Rawls, Habermas, and Kuper. It does so along ten dimensions: (1) Sources of Normativity, (2) Moral Scope, (3) Political Scope, (4) Spheres of Governance, (5) Political Interests, (6) Constraints on Governance, (7) Political Judgement, (8) Political Discretion, (9) Political Participation, and (10) Sites of Governance. The chapter argues that Kuper’s theory of Responsive Democracy has advantages along all these axes. These advantages are due to, above all, deep differences in the three theorists’ assumptions about power, knowledge, and the role of ideals in politics.

Keywords:   constraints, discretion, Habermas, ideals, interests, judgement, knowledge, participation, power, Rawls, Responsive Democracy, spheres of governance

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