Buenos Aires, May 2014.
The British politologist David Held, Professor of Political Science at the University of Durham, cofounder of Polity Press and author of Democracy and the Global Order, was interviewed by former congressman Fernando Iglesias at the 40th edition of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, the most important one in Latin-America. The conference, developed under the idea of “A dialogue about democracy and globalization”, was a part of the activities around the Global Democracy Manifesto of which Iglesias and Held are coauthors, along with Saskia Sassen and Daniele Archibugi, and that was subscribed by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, as well as by many distinguished authors and scholars all around the globe.
Held talked about redefining the concept of democracy and the role of traditional nation-states, which are overcome by the dynamics of globalization and unable to face global crises, as well as the probable strategies to adapt the existing forms of politics to this new global order. He proposed a globally extended cosmopolitan democracy, capable of facing phenomena that go beyond the borders of states and regions such as global finance, the environment, destructive technologies, and communication systems, among others.
The interview was conducted with simultaneous interpreting, and at the end of the talk, Held answered Iglesias’ and the audience’s questions at a full room of the Fair’s White Hall.