New Lessons from the Old Professor
in John Dewey

This chapter outlines four key Deweyan lessons about the problem of global democracy. These centre on the nature of Great society and Great community, the role of the nation state in furthering democracy beyond the nation state, the use of democracy at home to create a rooted cosmopolitanism and the problem of bourgeois democracy at home as the biggest impediment to global democracy. What all these lessons highlight is how John Dewey believed that the problem of democracy at home needed to be tackled in order to facilitate democracy abroad. The chapter utilizes these lessons to re-evaluate contemporary ideas about post-Westphalian global democracy and how Dewey's work can offer new ways of appraising global democracy. From a Deweyan perspective, the challenge for conceptualizations of global democracy must be to overcome the failings of post-Westphalian ideas of global democracy without having recourse to statist solutions.

John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems

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