The overarching argument presented in this book is that the claims of culture, identity, and nation are being pushed too far, and that the idea of democracy will not work unless it is firmly grounded upon at least a minimal amount of ‘neutrality’. The concept of ‘responsibility’ underlies the legitimacy of official punishment. The market plays an integral role in the development of democracy. The concept of human rights developed out of the medieval conceptualization of natural law. This book investigates the consequences of the globalization of democratic norms. It is almost a truism to say that the legitimacy of contemporary states is judged according to the standard of democracy. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is shown.
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