Interrogating Democracy in World Politics

It is often assumed that democracy is both desirable and possible in global politics. Interrogating Democracy in World Politics provides an important counter-argument to this assumption by questioning the history, meaning and concepts of democracy in contemporary international and global politics.

Combining viewpoints from the fields of international relations, political theory and history, the book includes:

  • Critical examinations of the concept of democracy as a political order and ethical ideal
  • Assessment of the role and function of democracy in how contemporary political events are understood and evaluated
  • Analysis of the relationship of democracy to international stability, liberalism and the emergence of capitalist economies

The book focuses on the move from the concept of ‘international politics’ to ‘world politics’, recognising the equal importance of understanding democratic interaction both within and between states. It reviews current scholarly thinking in the field before providing a complex theoretical re-engagement with the meaning of democracy in contemporary world politics.

Interrogating Democracy in World Politics will be of interest to students and scholars of politics and international relations, democratization studies and globalization.