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The Global Democrat
in John Dewey

John Dewey was all too aware that the reality of globalization now required reform of government that would allow for transnational communication and collaboration and global forms of democratic government. This chapter highlights how Dewey's conception of creative democracy was informed by what he took to be the global interdependence of the Great Society. It also highlights the globalized nature of the Great Society by showing how a time period has become known as the 'First Great Globalization'. It focuses not only on how Dewey acknowledged the global dimensions of the Great Society but also on why he was compelled to propound the need for global democracy. The chapter outlines Dewey's concrete ideas about what global democracy would look like in reality. Dewey identified the biggest problem facing the emergence of the Great Community to be the fact that political beliefs and standards had fallen out of synch with reality.

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John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems


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