ESADE Knowledge video - Inspiring Feature
27th June 2012
What are the risks of global governance? How can it affect democratic legitimacy and social rights? A new study by ESADE Law Professors Antoni Abat and Dolors Oller sheds light on the consequences of global governance and how this can potentially undermine political sovereignty and social rights.
"The decreased ability of states to exercise their own policies on economic and social issues is affecting a basic principle of political theory: the sovereignty of states," said ESADE Law Professor Dolors Oller. "Globalisation undermines political sovereignty and, as political sovereignty is undermined, democracy is also affected."
The study also criticises how the Spanish constitutional amendment was carried out compared to the reforms in Germany. "In Germany, the Constitutional amendment was more democratic in terms of negotiations and political involvement. In Spain, the process was over and done with in a single week in August and there was no negotiation with autonomies nor a referendum on the constitutional amendment," added ESADE Law Professor, Antoni Abat.