Demoicracy and domination in a G2 world

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Abstract

Richard Bellamy’s new book A Republican Europe of States represents one of the strongest recent defenses of the so-called demoicratic approach to the European Union. This paper situates Bellamy’s argument in the broader normative architecture of European Studies. It then raises some skeptical objections about the viability of a European demoicracy in a G2 world–a world where the United States and China are the dominant powers. Lurking behind these skeptical objections is the worry that the EU in its current form lacks the power to protect its own political and economic interests, and Bellamy’s demoicratic reforms would simply make this situation worse.

Keywords

  • democracy
  • European integration
  • justice
  • non-domination
  • realism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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