Journal article

Non-electoral accountability in global politics: Strengthening democratic control within the global garment industry

T Macdonald, K Macdonald

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

This article challenges the widespread view that democratic accountability is unattainable in global politics because of the impracticality of establishing global elections. Instead, it argues that global democratic accountability can potentially be achieved by instituting non-electoral mechanisms that perform equivalent accountability functions through more workable institutional means. This argument is defended at a theoretical level, and further illustrated by analysing an empirical case study of the institutions through which labour standards in the global garment industry are determined. The article first explains why electoral mechanisms are no longer a viable means for achieving democ..

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