Global governance and the democratic deficit: stifling the voice of the South

Glenn, John (2008) Global governance and the democratic deficit: stifling the voice of the South. Third World Quarterly, 29, (2), 217-238. (doi:10.1080/01436590701806798).


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This paper examines the democratic credentials of three key international institutions (the imf, World Bank and the wto) with regard to the majority of developing countries. In so doing the paper argues that we need to understand the democratic deficit of these institutions not only in terms of input legitimacy, but also in terms of output legitimacy and procedural fairness. The level and quality of these three aspects of democracy vary depending upon the international institution in question, but each of these institutions suffers from a democratic deficit in all three spheres. The paper therefore puts forward several reform proposals in order to overcome the problems outlined.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/01436590701806798
ISSNs: 0143-6597 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 47463
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 21 May 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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