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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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From Nation‐States to ‘Stakeholder’ Communities

From Nation‐States to ‘Stakeholder’ Communities

(p.83) 4 From Nation‐States to ‘Stakeholder’ Communities
Global Stakeholder Democracy

Terry MacDonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates and illustrates the theoretical account — sketched initially in Chapter One — of how the agents of democratic control should be identified in global politics. It develops the argument that we should accord democratic agency (that is, entitlement to exercise control over public power) to the members of ‘stakeholder’ communities, comprised of all those individual stakeholders whose autonomous capacities are constrained by the exercise of public power. The analysis here begins by elaborating the concept of a jurisdictional stakeholder community, and explaining how the conception of democratic community underpinning it differs from the ideals associated with the ‘closed’ societal model of democracy. Discussion then turns to the question of how this stakeholder model can in practice be instituted, and addresses some issues and dilemmas that commonly arise for practitioners who invoke the idea of stakeholder communities in their attempts to democratize the activities of NGOs.

Keywords:   community, NGO, jurisdiction, closed society, global politics

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