|Title / Titel||Multilateral Democracy: The Contribution of Normative Theory to Institutional Design|
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|Summary / Zusammenfassung||This project aims to clarify the concept of multilateral democracy and institutional design. Under the conditions of globalisation and denationalisation, national states delegate several of their competencies to higher levels, i.e. to international and supranational institutions. Therefore the question of democratic legitimacy arises on that higher level. Following a transformationalist approach, which postulates the need for a transformation of the normative concept of democracy for the level beyond the state, the concept of multilateral democracy or demoi-cracy has been elaborated by different authors (Nicolaïdis 2004; Besson 2006; Bohman 2007; Cheneval 2007; Cheneval 2008; Cheneval forthcomming). This specific normative concept of multilateral democracy aims to integrate political equality of both citizens and communities (demoi).
Considering this normative approach the question arises how the institutional design has to be constructed to fit the concept of multilateral democracy. Existing theories of multilateral democracy do not go further than framing principles for multilateral democracy. In my thesis I will build on these principles and make suggestions for how a normative design of multilateral democracy could be conceptualised in order to fill this theoretical gap. The objective of the thesis is to contribute to the theoretical framework in developing it further as well as to provide an approach for the normative evaluation of the institutional implementation of multilateral democracy and suggestions for its enhancement.
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||Normative political theory, legitimacy, democratic theory, multilateral democracy, transnational democracy, institutional design, European Union|
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Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|SNF (Programm NFS/NCCR), Others
Designing Demoicracy in the European Union. Doctoral dissertation
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Oct 2009 to Apr 2014|