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Structures and processes occurring within and between states are no longer the only – or even the most important - determinants of those political, economic and social developments and dynamics that shape the modern world. Many issues, including the environment, health, crime, drugs, migration and terrorism, can no longer be contained within national boundaries. As a result, it is not always possible to identify the loci for authority and legitimacy, and the role of governments has been called into question.

Civil Society anf International Governance critically analyses the increasing impact of nongovernmental organisations and civil society on global and regional governance. Written from the standpoint of advocates of civil society and addressing the role of civil society in relation to the UN, the IMF, the G8 and the WTO, this volume assess the role of various non-state actors from three perspectives: theoretical aspects, civil society interaction with the European Union and civil society and regional governance outside Europe, specifically Africa, East Asia and the Middle East. It demonstrates that civil society’s role has been more complex than one defined in terms, essentially, of resistance and includes actual participation in governance as well as multi-facetted contributions to legitimising and democratising global and regional governance.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, civil society, sociology, European politics and global governance.

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Civil society and international governance
ByDavid Armstrong, Julie Gilson
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Civil society and the democratisation of global public space

ByDebora Spini
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Collective and social identity

A theoretical analysis of the role of civil society in the construction of supra-national societies 1
ByValeria Bello
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The European Union

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Europeanization of non-state actors

Towards a framework for analysis
ByKarolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka
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Between localisation and Europeanisation

Non-governmental organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
ByErica Panighello
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Civil society outside Europe

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Governance and non-governmental organizations in East Asia

Building region-wide coalitions
ByJulie Gilson
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Civil society in regional governance in Eastern and Southern Africa

ByAndréas Godsäter, Fredrik Söderbaum
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Transnational labour mobilization in the Americas

ByMarcelo Saguier
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