Utopie of utiliteit? Enige kanttekeningen bij het debat over een Wereldwijd Parlement van Burgemeesters. Slotbeschouwing

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In his concluding remarks the chief editor (and also editor of this special issue) discusses shortly the desirability and feasibility of a global parliament of mayors as proposed by Benjamin Barber. On both points, according to him, the idea of a global parliament of mayors can be questioned. Concerning the desirability of the proposal there is no clarity about the underlying notion of democracy and about its contribution to the democratic goals it aims at. Concerning the feasibility of the proposal Bas Denters questions if Barbers high expectations of the blessings of advanced ICT tools, that will be used for a virtual debating platform, are that realistic. Crucial are also the financial and material resources which are needed for the organization and functioning of a global parliament of mayors.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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