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A Political Theory for Our Time


Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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A People’s Assembly for the UN




The UN is in urgent need of reform to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The global governance system in the UN must be made more efficient and more democratic. Decisions on the global level influence the daily lives of people everywhere, whether it concerns the economy, the environment, security issues or health policy. The current UN system is basically the structure of the founding year 1945. The world has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. It is unacceptable that the allied powers of the Second World War and China can still veto every decision. It is also unacceptable that only governments and executive bodies have full representation at the UN level.

The UN needs the participation of civil society and the representation of the member states’ parliaments. The democratic deficit in the UN must be overcome. Governments are not necessarily representing the people of their country. They do not represent the opposition and other forces of society. They must be democratically accompanied and controlled by a citizens’ chamber in the UN. The voice of the citizens is not only an additional voice on the international scene. The voice of the citizens is a qualitatively different power. Governments very often embody the competition between states and act according to the raison d’état. A people’s assembly would act more directly towards people’s interests and human development.

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