As the challenges presented by the coronavirus are being processed within national communities and the international order, important new avenues for re-thinking democratic theory and practice present themselves. This short article discusses the potential implications of a shift toward planetary politics whereby we engage not only human communities but also non-human ones in our thinking and practice of democracy. New opportunities to rethink “international order” and how we negotiate with ecosystems are presented by opening up (rather than closing down) our political imaginations in the context of the coronavirus challenge.
Milja Kurki is Professor in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She is interested in and has written on democratic theory, democracy promotion, philosophy of science, natural-social science nexus, cosmology, and planetary politics. Her most recent book is International Relations in a Relational Universe (OUP, 2020). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org