Global Democracy, World State, or Business as Usual? On the Challenge of Arms Trade to Democracy Promotion


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Year of publication 2021
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description An essay on conflicting goals in democracy promotion, especially with respect to the many dilemmas arms trade/arms exports entail. I show why and how the idea of global democracy can be invoked as a potential solution, and discuss both its strong points and drawbacks. One recurring issue is the unavoidability and/or desirability of world government, or even a world state, as the political expression of such ideas.

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