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Critical Theory in Critical TimesTransforming the Global Political and Economic Order$
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Penelope Deutscher and Cristina Lafont

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231181518

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231181518.001.0001

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An Exploration of the Meaning of Transnationalization of Democracy, using the Example of the European Union

An Exploration of the Meaning of Transnationalization of Democracy, using the Example of the European Union

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(p.3) 1 An Exploration of the Meaning of Transnationalization of Democracy, using the Example of the European Union
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Critical Theory in Critical Times
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Jürgen Habermas

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231181518.003.0001

Our era is marked by a growing mismatch between a world society that is becoming increasingly interdependent at the systemic level and a world of states that remains fragmented. To meet the resulting need for governance beyond the bounds of the nation-state, a number of international treaty regimes have arisen. But these regimes escape proper democratic control. These developments put the question of transnational democracy on the agenda. In this chapter, Habermas argues that a suitably reformed European Union offers us a model for a federal transnational democracy that, by contrast with the United States, does not acquire the character of a state.

Keywords:   European integration, transnational democracy, global governance, democratic legitimacy, globalization, the nation-state

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