WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?
The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war
particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges:
to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is
not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated
by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon
humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these
problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional
cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question
whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The workshop will last for two days. The first day (June 13) will be
spent at the Collegium Helveticum, Zurich (Switzerland), the second day (June 14) in the
Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz (Germany). A shuttle bus service will be provided between Zurich
and Konstanz on the morning and evening of June 14.
Registration to attend is recommended. Please register with Attila Tanyi by emailing to
For further details, including a detailed programme when available, see