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Globalizing Democratic Responsibility - how to make sense of responsibility issues as processes of decision-making move to inter- and transnational levels

Branzén, Cecilia (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis deals with democratic responsibility and accountability in a globalized

world. The ambition is to provide the reader with tools to analyze responsibility

issues at the global level. To achieve this, three types of analytical approaches are

used; empirical-, normative-, and constructive. The thesis starts out by concluding

that to be democratically responsible is to be responsible for the enhancement of

democratic values, such as freedom, participation, and openness. Several factors

are identified as barriers to democratic responsibility in global affairs, such as the

absence of a clearly defined demos and the shattering of roles and loyalties. By

introducing the theoretical concept of moral agency, the thesis... (More)
This thesis deals with democratic responsibility and accountability in a globalized

world. The ambition is to provide the reader with tools to analyze responsibility

issues at the global level. To achieve this, three types of analytical approaches are

used; empirical-, normative-, and constructive. The thesis starts out by concluding

that to be democratically responsible is to be responsible for the enhancement of

democratic values, such as freedom, participation, and openness. Several factors

are identified as barriers to democratic responsibility in global affairs, such as the

absence of a clearly defined demos and the shattering of roles and loyalties. By

introducing the theoretical concept of moral agency, the thesis establishes that

both collectives and individuals are possible carriers of moral in global settings. In

addition, a discussion of the issues of who should hold whom to account and to

what standards is offered. The thesis concludes that despite the complexity and

the difficulties to reach consensus regarding responsibility issues at the global

level, mechanisms to ensure democratic responsibility in global affairs do exist. In

addition, the global sphere is by no means deprived of norms and rules to regulate

the conduct of powerful decision-makers.

Key words: globalization, democracy, democratic responsibility, accountability,

moral responsibility (Less)
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  abstract     = {This thesis deals with democratic responsibility and accountability in a globalized

world. The ambition is to provide the reader with tools to analyze responsibility

issues at the global level. To achieve this, three types of analytical approaches are

used; empirical-, normative-, and constructive. The thesis starts out by concluding

that to be democratically responsible is to be responsible for the enhancement of

democratic values, such as freedom, participation, and openness. Several factors

are identified as barriers to democratic responsibility in global affairs, such as the

absence of a clearly defined demos and the shattering of roles and loyalties. By

introducing the theoretical concept of moral agency, the thesis establishes that

both collectives and individuals are possible carriers of moral in global settings. In

addition, a discussion of the issues of who should hold whom to account and to

what standards is offered. The thesis concludes that despite the complexity and

the difficulties to reach consensus regarding responsibility issues at the global

level, mechanisms to ensure democratic responsibility in global affairs do exist. In

addition, the global sphere is by no means deprived of norms and rules to regulate

the conduct of powerful decision-makers.

Key words: globalization, democracy, democratic responsibility, accountability,

moral responsibility},
  author       = {Branzén, Cecilia},
  keyword      = {globalization,democracy,democratic responsibility,accountability,moral responsibility,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Globalizing Democratic Responsibility - how to make sense of responsibility issues as processes of decision-making move to inter- and transnational levels},
  year         = {2006},
}