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Reconsidering the state : cosmopolitanism, republicanism and global governance

Slaughter, Steven 2008, Reconsidering the state : cosmopolitanism, republicanism and global governance, in Questioning cosmopolitanism : Second Biennial Conference of the International Global Ethics Association, Deakin University, Faculty of Arts & Education, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-9.

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Title Reconsidering the state : cosmopolitanism, republicanism and global governance
Author(s) Slaughter, Steven
Conference name International Global Ethics Association. Conference (2nd : 2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 26-28 June 2008
Title of proceedings Questioning cosmopolitanism : Second Biennial Conference of the International Global Ethics Association
Editor(s) Brock, Gillian
Shapcott, Richard
Slaughter, Steven
Vanderkerckhove, Wim
van Hooft, Stan
Verlinden, An
Publication date 2008
Conference series International Global Ethics Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Deakin University, Faculty of Arts & Education
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Cosmopolitan arguments for global forms of democracy and governance have intensified in the last decade because of the increasing significance of transnational interconnections and the increased impact of global problems. However, questions remain as to how cosmopolitan structures are going to be realized in practice, given the continued significance of the state in global politics. This paper advocates the importance of considering republican arguments for redeveloping the state alongside the proposals for global democratic structures advocated by political cosmopolitans such as David Held. It contends that many forms of cosmopolitan thought are too quick to dismiss the state as a potential locus of ethical global governance and that republican conceptions of the state and political practice are important counterpoints to political cosmopolitanism. Consequently, this paper critically considers the assumptions embedded in the literature of political cosmopolitanism in relation to the proposals for global democracy and governance. Then the paper considers republican arguments that developing civically minded citizens and responsive state institutions could be a crucial foundation for transnational forms of governance to be realized in practice. The paper then concludes by considering the practical tensions between republican and cosmopolitan proposals.
Language eng
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, Deakin University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018343

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