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The Global Commonwealth of Citizens:
Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy
Daniele Archibugi

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"His erudition and command of the salient literature are evident throughout this work, and he moves with ease through a range of debates about suprastate accountability, while engaging convincingly with numerous possible critiques of cosmopolitan democracy. . . . The Global Commonwealth of Citizens provides not only an exhaustive treatment of the benefits and drawbacks of cosmopolitan democracy but the most detailed statement to date of how some form of cosmopolitandemocracy could be realized."--Luis Cabrera, Ethics & International Affairs

"This engaging book . . . deserves to be read by all who are interested in international institutions and democracy."--Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Journal of Peace Research

"Archibugi's book . . . should be applauded and paid attention to."--Jack Crittenden, Journal of Politics

"[I]nnovative, thorough and brilliant book."--Stefan Hojelid, European Legacy

"The torch has passed from Kant to Archibugi, and if political theorists had a team of optimists, Archibugi would be one of the captains. But I do not think that that optimism, utopian or otherwise, is anything that needs to be excused or explained away. It should be applauded and paid attention to, as should Archibugi's book."--Jack Crittenden, Journal of Politics


"The Global Commonwealth of Citizens is not a book of dreams. It is a serious, learned, but nevertheless accessible effort to grapple with some of the most important issues of the twenty-first century. Is it possible to be cosmopolitans--citizens of a world of more than six billion people--and to find ways that allow us all to govern ourselves? The debate that this book engages is the debate of our time. Daniele Archibugi has made an important contribution."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

"Daniele Archibugi provides a bold and innovative approach to thinking about democracy within and beyond the borders. At a stroke, he helps consolidate a new political discourse to meet the challenges of our global age. Modern political theory has thought of the political good as limited within the boundaries of nation-states. Archibugi demonstrates why this no longer works, and shows how to move on."--David Held, London School of Economics and Political Science

"This is the first theoretically sophisticated and conceptually innovative effort to build an overall case for the total democratization of political life at all levels of human interaction. This is a truly groundbreaking book that will arouse widespread interest, commentary, and debate about both the desirable approach to global governance and the proper relationship between domestic and foreign policy in liberal democracies."--Richard A. Falk, author of The Declining World Order

"Substantial and important. Archibugi has written a provocative book that imagines an alternative political world to the one we currently inhabit, and he describes and defends this alternative with tremendous verve and imagination. He forces us to rethink some of our assumptions about the possibilities of democracy in a global society. This is a book from which we can all learn."--Glyn Morgan, author of The Idea of a European Superstate

"Daniele Archibugi is one of the world's leading exponents of cosmopolitan democracy, and this book admirably consolidates his own position and provides one of the most systematic and searching statements in the genre. His arguments are thoroughly researched, erudite, engaging, accessible, important, and inspiring."--Jan Aart Scholte, author of Globalization

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