Representation beyond the State: Toward Transnational Democratic Non-State Politics

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Abstract

The crises of representative democracy and of state-based politics have been declared many times and ‘participation’ is often advocated as a remedy for the shortcomings of both. While the literature has extensively discussed representative practices in relation to territorial states, we argue in this article that more attention should be paid to the question of representation within transnational social movements striving for a politics that transcends current territorially bounded representative democracy. Analysing the World Social Forum and West African participatory trade policy-making, we find that as transnational social movements aiming at democratic goals deepen their interactions, they can face demanding
questions such as: who or what has a right to be made present in a given political process and how is this established? We claim that avoiding the question of representation in transnational non-state-centred politics leaves power too many places to hide.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobalizations
Volume14
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
ISSN1474-7731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

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In: Globalizations, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2017, p. 17-31.

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