Roundtable on Global Government

An exchange on state sovereignty in an interconnected world, prompted by the essay Global Government Revisited: From Utopian Dream to Political Imperative

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Daniele Archibugi
We can turn the tide against isolationism by better articulating how political integration can benefit the many, not just the few.

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Andreas Bummel
The Westphalian state-centric system has become hopelessly outdated in a time of deep interdependence, and shared nuclear and climate risks.

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Joan Cocks
World government, while needed, would be prone to the kinds of political conflicts, interests, and power struggles we see at the national level.

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Lucie Edwards
Short of global government, we are likely to see an expanding constellation of international governance arrangements that can address global problems to a helpful.

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Arturo Escobar
Incorporating insights stemming from grassroots struggle can infuse global governance frameworks with a more radical, and promising, political edge.

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Richard Falk
Without transforming both the economic and ideological premises of state-centrism, there is little chance of moving toward the vision Cabrera lays out.

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Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
To make such a vision a reality, we need to build a sense of global community through education and hold governments accountable to their promises in the international sphere.

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George Liodakis
The prospects for effective and democratic world government depend on progress in transcending the capitalist system.

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Joseph E. Schwartzberg
A workable design for a democratic world government system is at hand.

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Allen White
To get beyond the gradualism and timidity of today’s international institutions, we’ll need a robust global movement.


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Author's Response
Luis Cabrera addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable. Read


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