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Global Stakeholder DemocracyPower and Representation Beyond Liberal States$
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Terry Macdonald

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235001.001.0001

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Public Power Beyond Sovereign States

Public Power Beyond Sovereign States

(p.43) 2 Public Power Beyond Sovereign States
Global Stakeholder Democracy

Terry MacDonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops and further defends the central proposition that ‘public power’ is the legitimate subject of global democratic control. The additional arguments set out here attempt to counter some plausible theoretical objections to the autonomy-based criterion for identifying agents of public power, which are based on the claim (implicit in much liberal writing) that public power should be delineated in accordance with certain organizational features of statehood: centralized decision making, the use of force, and law-making capacity. It is argued that none of these organizational features embodies any uniquely public political qualities, and that each of these organizational features qualifies as ‘public’ only to the extent that it satisfies the autonomy-based criterion.

Keywords:   liberal, public, power, autonomy, statehood, decision making

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