Civil society activism around issues of global justice has proliferated in Europe during the past two decades. Has such contestation and advocacy made a difference? This book examines whether and how the organizations, networks and campaigns involved have attained their policy objectives in the areas of debt relief, international trade, international taxation and corporate accountability. The analysis also considers the relationship between national and transnational activism. By comparing variations in the "activism-policy nexus" in France, Italy and the United Kingdom, it seeks to understand how such interaction and policy outcomes vary in different institutional and political contexts.

chapter |13 pages


Understanding the Activism–Policy Nexus
ByAnne Ellersiek, Mario Pianta, Peter Utting

part I|97 pages

Actors, Institutions and Networks

chapter 1|24 pages

Elite Business Power and Activist Responses

ByPeter Utting

chapter 2|25 pages

National Policy Regimes

Implications for the Activism–Policy Nexus
ByDaniela Barrier

chapter 3|27 pages

The Potential and Practice of Civic Networks1

ByJem Bendell, Anne Ellersiek

chapter 4|19 pages

Global Social Movement Networks and the Politics of Change

ByRaffaele Marchetti, Mario Pianta

part II|209 pages

The Activism–Policy Nexus in Practice

chapter 5|25 pages

Global Networks on Trade Policy

The Case of the WTO Conference in Cancún1
ByFederico Silva

chapter 6|24 pages

Advocacy for Corporate Accountability and Trade Justice

The Role of ‘Noble Networks' in the United Kingdom
ByJem Bendell, Anne Ellersiek

chapter 7|27 pages

Reforming Agricultural and Trade Policy in France

The Limits of Multi-Actor Coalitions1
ByBenoit Daviron, Tancrède Voituriez

chapter 8|22 pages

Debt Relief and Trade Justice in Italy

ByPaolo Gerbaudo, Mario Pianta

chapter 9|22 pages

Dropping the Debt?

British Anti-Debt Campaigns and International Development Policy
ByClare Saunders, Tasos Papadimitriou

chapter 10|19 pages

The Struggle for Third World Debt Relief in France

ByRodrigo Contreras Osorio

chapter 11|19 pages

Global Justice and/as Global Democracy

The UK Campaign for a Tobin Tax
ByJames Brassett

chapter 12|24 pages

Campaign or ‘Movement of Movements'?

Attac France and the Currency Transaction Tax
ByEdouard Morena

chapter 13|25 pages

How Can Activism Make Change Happen?

ByMario Pianta, Anne Ellersiek, Peter Utting