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Institutional Cosmopolitanism$
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Luis Cabrera

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190905651

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190905651.001.0001

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International Organizations and Democracy

International Organizations and Democracy

An Assessment

(p.154) Chapter 7. International Organizations and Democracy
Institutional Cosmopolitanism

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Oxford University Press

How should we judge existing international organizations (IOs)? Cosmopolitans often assess such institutions against nonexistent but plausible alternatives. By contrast, this chapter assesses the effect of institutions relative to situations in which they are absent. It first disaggregates “democracy” into a number of constituent principles, falling under the demos dimension (who are the people?) and the kratos dimension (how do the people rule?). It then systematically assesses the recent empirical literature on the impact of international institutions on each of the principles identified. Overall, a mixed picture emerges. Not only are there significant differences among IOs, but sometimes the same organization appears to improve one dimension of democracy while being detrimental to another. This gives reason for cosmopolitans to conduct or encourage further empirical research aiming at identifying institutional designs that can enhance several dimensions of democracy at the same time.

Keywords:   international organizations (IOs), cosmopolitanism, democracy, democratic boundary problem, democratic diffusion

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