Democracy at the United Nations

UN Reform in the Age of Globalisation

by Giovanni Finizio (Volume editor) Ernesto Gallo (Volume editor)
©2013 Edited Collection 359 Pages
Series: Federalism, Volume 1


What role should the United Nations play in a globalising world? How can it support and embody international democracy? The decline of state sovereignty, an effect of globalisation, is bringing about a crisis both in politics, as a tool to pursue the common good, and in democracy, as the key instrument by which we can control our destinies. The UN, the only organisation with broad political goals and worldwide jurisdiction, has the potential to manage globalisation democratically and promote the common good of humanity. However, it is still controlled by nation states and operates according to power relations typical of the pre-globalisation era. UN reform is therefore crucial, today more than ever.
This book examines two areas of reform: first, the creation of a democratic assembly in which world citizens are represented, in order to adapt democracy to meet the challenges of globalisation; and second, the strengthening of the Security Council through democratisation and regionalisation, in order to ensure world security, whose characteristics have evolved significantly in the global age. The contributors come from a wide variety of different backgrounds, including political science, sociology, economics, law, philosophy and history, providing a multifaceted and multidisciplinary debate on this important topic.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2013 (November)
sovereignty crisis regionalisation
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 359 pp., 1 fig., 2 tables

Biographical notes

Giovanni Finizio (Volume editor) Ernesto Gallo (Volume editor)

Giovanni Finizio teaches EU foreign policy at the University of Turin, and is a Researcher at the Centre for Studies on Federalism, where he serves as Scientific Coordinator of the International Democracy Watch. Ernesto Gallo holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Turin. He has published in Italian and English and, after lecturing in several British universities, is currently Academic Tutor in Social Sciences at Kaplan International College, London.


Title: Democracy at the United Nations