Democratic theory, the boundary problem, and global reform

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Nili, Shmuel. (2017) Democratic theory, the boundary problem, and global reform. The Review of Politics. 79(1), pp. 99 - 123.
AuthorsNili, Shmuel

One of the enduring problems in democratic theory is its inability to specify who should belong to the demos. In recent years, several scholars have been arguing that democratic theory should try to overcome this “boundary problem” through different kinds of global reform. I argue, however, that the boundary problem is an analytical distraction in thinking about global reform. I begin with general doubts as to whether the boundary problem can ground global reform. I then join the developing conversation on Arash Abizadeh's and Robert Goodin's boundary problem arguments. I offer new reasons for why both arguments encounter fundamental difficulties. I conclude by anticipating the concern that my argument does not take the need for global reform seriously enough.

JournalThe Review of Politics
Journal citation79 (1), pp. 99 - 123
PublisherCambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85009410502
Page range99 - 123
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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