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Making international organizations more democratic


Stutzer, Alois; Frey, Bruno S (2006). Making international organizations more democratic. Review of Law and Economics, 1(3):305-330.

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World governance today is characterized by international organizations lacking democratic legitimacy and control by the citizens they claim to represent. They are also criticized for being inefficient. This leads to violent protests and to NGOs having great influence. To address these problems, we propose international governance based on the democratic idea of citizen participation: All citizens of the member countries of international organizations have the potential right to participate in the decision-making of international organizations via initiatives, referendums and recalls. In order to reduce transaction costs, a representative group of citizens is randomly selected who can actually exercise their participation rights

Abstract

World governance today is characterized by international organizations lacking democratic legitimacy and control by the citizens they claim to represent. They are also criticized for being inefficient. This leads to violent protests and to NGOs having great influence. To address these problems, we propose international governance based on the democratic idea of citizen participation: All citizens of the member countries of international organizations have the potential right to participate in the decision-making of international organizations via initiatives, referendums and recalls. In order to reduce transaction costs, a representative group of citizens is randomly selected who can actually exercise their participation rights

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:5 January 2006
Deposited On:22 Oct 2018 15:46
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 02:04
Publisher:Berkeley Electronic Press
ISSN:1555-5879
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2202/1555-5879.1018
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencegruyter102202155558791018 (Library Catalogue)

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