About the book
HISTORY AND PIONEERS OF THE IDEA
The first part of the book explores the philosophical foundations of cosmopolitanism and a world parliament since ancient times and fills a gap by tracing the history of the idea and of the attempts to bring it about from the French Revolution to the present day.
THE RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S WORLD
The second part of the book sets the idea of a world parliament in the context of global challenges such as climate change and planetary boundaries, the management of public goods, the stability of the financial system, combating tax evasion, terrorism and organized crime, disarmament, and protecting human rights. The construction of global democracy also plays a decisive role in combating hunger, poverty and inequality and in global water policy. Rapid developments in the fields of bio- and nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence are giving rise to fundamental questions that humanity is not institutionally prepared for.
There is an overarching narrative that describes the dysfunctions and failings of today’s international order. The authors stress that there is a right to democracy that applies not only to the national but also to the global level. Against the backdrop of the power structures of the transnational elite, the book argues for the implementation of a new global class compromise and traces the long-term development of a planetary consciousness and global solidarity.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FUTURE
The third part discusses a possible path and scenarios towards the realization of a world parliament and the transition to a democratic world order. The book takes a pragmatic approach and suggests that the establishment of a consultative United Nations Parliamentary Assembly represents a first step that is long overdue.