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Issue 2016, 2: LOCAL AND GLOBAL DEMOCRACY

Issue 2016, 2: LOCAL AND GLOBAL DEMOCRACY

Within the globalisation process, the principles underlying the democratic paradigm – in countries that are economically developed and have a significantly well-established secular values – do not seem to be seriously placed in doubt.

Nevertheless, what we are witnessing is a transformation of democratic systems, because, on one hand, there has been a noteworthy loss of state sovereignty as it has been traditionally conceived and, on the other, we are witnessing the creation of supranational political systems of a territorial or functional nature.

These directly affect the relationship between local and global, based on the democratic control of public decisions, whatever the territorial level of the political institution from which they come may be. It is increasingly true, in fact, that the problems of democracy are substantially constituted by the relationship between the places where political decisions have effect and the confines that these decisions cross, even if unintentionally: merely mentioning the construction of a nuclear power station or even more simply an international airport perhaps makes it easy to grasp how the consequences of certain decisions now also end up involving those who have not taken them. From this perspective, the diffusion and strengthening of democratic practices inside the wide range of local, macro-regional and global institutions seems to be ever more necessary, developing administrative capacities and independent political resources at various levels.

The fundamental issue here seems, firstly, to be the capacity to redraw the boundaries of political responsibility with respect to the consequences that given decisions have and, secondly, the fact that these regulatory structures may constitute visible and meaningful points of reference. Perhaps it is useful to this end to create an effective network of permanent public and democratic forums, at the various levels of decision-making, that are also capable of developing a certain capacity for coercion on a global scale. Whatever the possible solution may be, the integration between the globalisation of democracy and the democratisation of globalisation certainly seems to be necessary.

Editorial
Editorial In recent days, the referendum in the United Kingdom and the alleged attempted coup d’état in Turkey has placed in center stage the problem of every nation-state’s internal democracy as well as its relationship with the international dynamics that in- volve processes of integration such as those seen in the European Union.
Current Issue's Articles
Revisiting Liberal Democratic Universalism: A Critical Rhetoric of the Liberal Democratic World Order Abstract : Liberal democracy has become the predominant political regime in the 21 st century even in countries that have little or no history of ‘democratic structures and practices’.
Old Dilemmas Renewed: Fear of Freedom vs. Freedom from Fear Abstract : Contemporary societies are currently subjected to very rapid and radical social changes and, as a consequence, struggle with their outcomes.
Corruption Perception Studies and Anti-Corruption in Nigeria Abstract : Perception studies of corruption have proliferated in the last decade. However, there is a lingering controversy over the proper us of the outputs from such studies to benefit anti-corruption efforts.
Foucault Comes to Bakur: Sovereign Power and Collective Punishment Abstract : The Solution Process in Turkey has come to an abrupt end and along with it came an unprecedented violence in Bakur (Northern Kurdistan).
Globalization and Democratic Experiments: A Sociological Profiling of Nigeria's Democratic Colonialism (1999-2015) Abstract : Globalization has become a contagious phenomenon that has not spared any society and social institutions. Events happening at the global arena has far-reaching impact and implications at the remotest village in virtually any part of the earth.
A New Perspective in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Approach To The Us-Iran Relations in the Region Abstract: This paper discusses the significance of the cooperation between the United States and Iran for the Middle East region. It will be argued that despite the political and ideological conflicts between the U.
Jostling for Position: The Future of Regional Power-Sharing and the Role of the Pacific Islands Forum Abstract : The Pacific Islands Forum has long held the title of the most dominant regional association with links in trade, politics and regional security.
Sovereign Borders: The Militarisation of Asylum Seeker Discourses in Australian Television News Media Abstract : While the democratic paradigm of governance and its constituent political processes are well established in Australia, consistently negative media representations of people seeking asylum may be viewed as justification for institutional decisions allowing continued punitive treatment of people seeking asylum on Australian shores.
The Democratic Paradigm: A Vanishing Act? Abstract : The premise of this issue of the journal is that in western secular democracies the principles underlying the democratic paradigm at the national level are not in any serious doubt.
The Refugee Crisis as a European Democratic Crisis Abstract : The institutional European Union is facing two types of crisis.