Klaus-Dieter Wolf

The New Raison d’État as a Problem for Democracy in World Society

European Journal of International Relations, vol. 5, iss 3, pp 333-363,
http://ejt.sagepub.com/content/5/3/333.short

Year: 1999

Type: academia

Abstract: What are the consequences of internationalization for the democratic legitimacy of governance? The argument developed in this article claims that de-democratization will take place as long as intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms offer national governments the opportunity to reassert state autonomy vis-a-vis increasingly assertive domestic and transnational societal pressures. Applied to the context of an emerging world society, the concept of raison d'état is employed in order to classify the concurrence of mutrual self committment and de-democratization as a predictable result of strategic interaction among national governments. The article argues that in order to overcome this serious, yet surmountable, obstacle to democratic governance beyond the state, the future architecture of global public policy will have to transcend the traditional frame of intergovernmentalism. Reflecting upon institutional designs to overcome the shortcomings of international governance, the author postutales that solutions cannot be based on the territorial-state majority-democracy model. Instead, a de-governmentalized polity for governance beybnd the state is suggested which would be composed of functionally differentiated political arenas with different roles, participants and forms of representation.

Abstract: What are the consequences of internationalization for the democratic legitimacy of governance? The argument developed in this article claims that de-democratization will take place as long as intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms offer national governments the opportunity to reassert state autonomy vis-a-vis increasingly assertive domestic and transnational societal pressures. Applied to the context of an emerging world society, the concept of raison d'état is employed in order to classify the concurrence of mutrual self committment and de-democratization as a predictable result of strategic interaction among national governments. The article argues that in order to overcome this serious, yet surmountable, obstacle to democratic governance beyond the state, the future architecture of global public policy will have to transcend the traditional frame of intergovernmentalism. Reflecting upon institutional designs to overcome the shortcomings of international governance, the author postutales that solutions cannot be based on the territorial-state majority-democracy model. Instead, a de-governmentalized polity for governance beybnd the state is suggested which would be composed of functionally differentiated political arenas with different roles, participants and forms of representation.

  • Kapitel
    Kapitel 3
  • Sprog
    English
  • Land
    Germany