Civil Society and International Governance: The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU, Africa, Asia and Middle East

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David Armstrong, Valeria Bello, Julie Gilson, Debora Spini
Taylor & Francis, Oct 25, 2010 - Political Science - 224 pages

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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About the author (2010)

David Armstrong is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter.

Valeria Bello is Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Spain

Julie Gilson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Debora Spini teaches political theory at Syracuse University in Florence and Social Philosophy at Florence University

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