Interesting piece by Dani Rodrik, professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He argues that Europe must federalise or fall apart, which is commonly said, but also talks a little about what that means for sovereignty:

The relationship between sovereignty and democracy is also misunderstood. Not all restrictions on the exercise of sovereign power are undemocratic. Political scientists talk about “democratic delegation” – the idea that a sovereign might want to tie its hands (through international commitments or delegation to autonomous agencies) in order to achieve better outcomes. The delegation of monetary policy to an independent central bank is the archetypal example: in the service of price stability, daily management of monetary policy is insulated from politics. [...]

A truly democracy-enhancing globalization would respect these boundaries. It would impose only those limits that are consistent with democratic delegation, possibly along with a limited number of procedural norms (such as transparency, accountability, representativeness, use of scientific evidence, etc.) that enhance democratic deliberation at home.

Read more: The Truth About Sovereignty by Dani Rodrik – Project Syndicate.

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