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The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy, and the Critique of Ideology

Susan Marks


The promotion of democracy is today a familiar feature of foreign policy, and an accepted part of the activities of international organizations. Should international law join in this move to promote democratic political arrangements? If this is so, on what basis, and with which of the many competing conceptions of democracy? Drawing on an eclectic range of source material, this book examines current debates about the emergence of an international legal ‘norm of democratic governance’, and considers how proposals for such a norm might be rearticulated to meet some of the concerns to which they ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, international organizations, conceptions of democracy, democratic governance, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264131
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264131.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Marks, author
University of Cambridge