Course level: Master
From a normative and empirical perspective, this seminar addresses the question to what extent international relations, and in particular international cooperation, are based and should be based on the principles of democratic legitimacy. We review the classic and current research literature on this question. In the first part we deal with the conceptual-theoretical basics. We ask what is meant by the concept of democratic legitimacy and what this means for international cooperation. In the second part, we examine both normative and empirical perspectives on democratic legitimacy and international cooperation. In doing so, we examine both the influence of national democratic politics on international cooperation and the reverse influence.