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Can we have a world government?

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  1. Introduction
  2. The need of a system that would dominate all the people of the world
  3. The proposition by Kant in 'Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View'
  4. The idea of a world citizenship
  5. Objections to the world government
    1. On what principle would a world government be created?
    2. The difficulty of having every country fairly represented
    3. What would be the real benefits of a world citizenship?
  6. Attempts to form supranational governments since World War I
  7. The appearance of a world government after WWII
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

To answer the question ?Can we have world government?, we must understand two questions: one is ?What would be the use and necessity of a world government?; the other one is ?In what extent would it be possible?? ?A government is a system, form or organization by which a community or other political unit is governed? . Does globalization today imply that the world is ready for a supranational organization that would carry the badge ?world government?? Indeed, Howard argues that ?Gradually, under the pressure of globalization, supranational entities are coming into having the power to override the authority of sovereign states.? Although today's world is getting in some way more and more global (countries more and more interdependent), diversity and inequalities have not yet disappeared, nor are they likely to be in a good way of being eradicated. Considering this, we may wonder whether a world government would help resolve problems such as inequality: would developing countries benefit from it, or would only dominating powers manage to get something out of it? The answer obviously depends on the constitution of this government. There have been various attempts to build a supranational entity, and each one of them has brought new useful lessons, either good or bad.

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