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Politische Gerechtigkeit und zwischenstaatliche demokratische Integration

English title Political Justice and Multilateral Democratic Integration
Applicant Cheneval Francis
Number 112572
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Philosophisches Seminar Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.08.2006 - 31.07.2008
Approved amount 370'368.00
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Keywords (10)

Politische Gerechtigkeit; Multilateralismus; Demokratietheorie; Europäische Integration; Demokratie in den internationalen Beziehungen; Political Justice; Multilateral Integration; John Rawls; Democractic Theory; Legitimacy and Multilateralism

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The project defines a normative framework and justifies basic principles of multilateral democratic integration. A second part of the project consists of an analysis of the concept of “demoicracy” which has been proposed to conceive the main feature of the democratic transformation in vertical democratization.

Multilateral democratic integration is carried out by liberal democratic peoples who are seeking to open up to each other by creating a system of transnational rights and a common framework of regulation. If the normative framework of this arrangement is exclusively based on the fundamental interests of individual citizens, the fundamental interests of peoples who engage in the process will not be adequately accounted for.The mutual opening up of liberal societies and common vertical democratization does therefore not justify a total suppression of the normative units of peoples in favor of an abstract individualist system of human persons (cosmopolitanism). Vertical democratization has to be filtered politically, i.e. through the representation of democratic peoples’ fundamental interests. On the other hand, it would amount to a simple denial of normative individualism if the individual citizens as normative units of reference would be disregarded in favor of the fundamental interests of peoples as such (classical internationalism, law of peoples). In the system of multilateral democratic integration, the citizens’ fundamental interests have to be accounted for. Since they are citizens of several peoples, a twofold perspective seems adequate. They have to be considered as: 1. sedentary citizens of a specific people holding all the political and social rights granted by their national democracy; 2. migrant citizens within the system, potentially loosing some rights of their country of origin and potentially gaining new rights in the host country. In multilateral democratic integration, liberal democratic peoples, citizens of liberal democratic peoples, and intra-systemic migrant citizens have to be considered the normative units of reference of a normative framework of political justice and democracy.
In order to determine the basic principles of political justice of multilateral democratic integration, the project proposes a modification of Rawlsian and cosmopolitan methodology. The point argued is that the liberal conception of a fair system of cooperation and non-domination among democratic peoples calls for an integrated “original position” of representatives of liberal democratic peoples and of citizens of the peoples involved in the process. The just principles of a system of multilateral democratic integration are thus formulated as principles on which representatives of peoples and citizens would agree under the conditions of an integrated original position.
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