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Hijacking democracy: the power shift to the unelected

By Marguerite A. Peeters

Publication date: March 2001
Pages: 230

Circumventing democratic channels, the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have unduly appropriated quasi-legislative and judicial powers over an astonishing range of concerns — health, public education, human rights and responsibilities, economics the environment, security, local and national governments, and ethics — and national legislatures worldwide have been pressured to adopt their norms in a spirit of conformity to the new ethic.

Marguerite Peeters has been an eyewitness to this quiet revolution. She attended the UN Conferences of the 90s (Copenhagen, Beijing, Istanbul, Rome) as well as other intergovernmental and nongovernmental meetings in Geneva and New York. Hijacking Democracy is based on her interviews with high-level officials, experts, and policymakers.