Globis seeks to develop conceptual tools to assess the health of existing democratic systems, and thereby to contribute to their long-term maintenance.
Development and Maintenance of Democratic Systems
There can be no doubt that the present era of globalization has witnessed the births of numerous democracies; indeed, some theorists have argued that the spread of democratic systems and values is a defining characteristic of the globalization phenomenon itself. Furthermore, interventions into countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq have recently brought democratic development to the center of public debate, with scholars and pundits alike weighing in regarding the propensity for democracy in these cases.
Given the scope and salience of such debates, it is imperative to continue to address basic questions such as how democratic forms of government develop and achieve stability. Much philosophical and scientific work remains to be done to describe the phenomenon itself and to situate it in its proper global context. Moreover, scholars have recently pointed out problems in the world’s most venerable democracies regarding a lack of political knowledge, participation, trust, and perceived efficacy on the part of their citizenries.
In addition to studying the development of democracy in the global context, then, Globis seeks to develop conceptual tools to assess the health of existing democratic systems, and thereby to contribute to their long-term maintenance.