RECON Online Working Paper 2011/12

Download paper

Transnational Justice and Democracy


Rainer Forst (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)



This paper argues against three traditional dogmas in political theory: the thesis of the (conceptual and practical) incompatibility between democracy and justice; the idea that a “context of justice” only exists within the confines of a state; and the view that political democracy presupposes a demos organised within a state. Only if these dogmas are overcome can a proper conception of transnational justice and democracy be worked out. The key to this is the right “picture” of justice as based on a principle of discursive justification.



Democracy ― Democratisation ― DiscourseJustice Normative Political Theory ― Political Science ― Supranationalism Transnational Justice



Download the paper



All RECON online working papers