n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Global governance and democratization ethics : a reflection

Volume 2013, Issue 46
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



Democratization is a modern term with a local, trans-local, international and global dimension. Although relatively new in the context of world history, it has influenced world politics by creating a certain utopia of the 21st century. Even though the notion of democracy does have credibility and its overall effect throughout both the first and third world seem to be increasingly positive-popular, it is not without fault and neither is the process of democracy a smooth transition from pre to post. The road of realism is littered with ethical issues and moral trade-offs. Its diversity holds important lessons for countries in both the pre and present stages. Some key features discussed in the article include the motivation for democracy, and the ethical issues created by it. It is incoherent to any rules applied as such. Thus, although some relationship between cause and effect is analyzed, the issues emphasized in the article might not be in vogue; perhaps completely against the reader's dogma. Its aim is not to provide a simple solution - there is none - but rather to highlight crucial points on how democratization philosophers used the concept to shape the world of today and its future generations.

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