Global Voice?


I am currently reading “Citizen voice in a globalized world” by Lawrence MacDonald, Bobby Fishkin, and David Witzel


In today’s world, the global economy
is highly interconnected, but the
global polity is weak, rudimentary,
and fragmented. Market forces speak
with a booming voice and get all the
best lines, while nonmarket forces—
especially citizen’s preferences
about global affairs—are typically ill
informed, poorly articulated, and hard
to hear. This paper explores options
for uncovering and amplifying
informed global public opinion as a
means for improving the decisions of
international bodies and of national
and sub-national governments in
regards to global issues. The paper
examines problems in ascertaining
citizen preferences and surveys common approaches. It then makes
the case for a specific approach—
deliberative polling—and explores
possibilities for using it to help
address the comparative weakness of
the global polity.

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