Tuesday, 1 November 2016

How to tell apart trade agreements that undermine democratic principles from those that don't

via Dani Rodrick’s weblog “Unconventional thoughts on economic development and globalization”

I discussed in an earlier post on Brexit how to think about international agreements and the constraints on state action they entail in terms of democratic legitimacy. Since that discussion has relevance beyond Brexit, I've pasted the relevant part here below. The basic point is this: the fact that an international rule is negotiated and accepted by a democratically elected government does not inherently make that rule democratically legitimate.

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