Civil Society in the Information Age

Civil Society in the Information Age

by Peter I. Hajnal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754618382

ISBN-13: 9780754618386

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

In this age of globalization, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society movements and coalitions have become vastly more diverse and influential. This informed text explores the crucial role that efficient, skilful use of information and communications technology and news media has played in increasing the influence and enhancing the work of civil…  See more details below

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In this age of globalization, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society movements and coalitions have become vastly more diverse and influential. This informed text explores the crucial role that efficient, skilful use of information and communications technology and news media has played in increasing the influence and enhancing the work of civil society organizations. Rich in case study material, it examines NGOs and other civil-society organizations in the policy fields of development, security, international law, human rights and humanitarian action. In addition, the book examines the relationship between civil society and intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations, The World Trade Organization and the G7/G8. Scholars, analysts and practitioners in fields ranging from politics and economics through international law and information studies will find this book indispensable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754618386
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
1Introduction1
Pt. INGOs and Civil Society Coalitions
2Information and Communication Technologies and Human Rights Advocacy: The Case of Amnesty International19
3Scientists and Missile Defence: Organizing Against a Dangerous Plan37
4Oxfam International57
5The Working Life of Southern NGOs: Juggling the Promise of Information and Communications Technologies and the Perils of Relationships with International NGOs67
6Essential Partners: Landmines-Related NGOs and Information Technologies95
7The Power of Global Activist Networks: The Campaign for an International Criminal Court109
8AIDS, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Access to Essential Medicines127
Pt. IICivil Society in Relationship with Intergovernmental Institutions
9The United Nations and Civil Society141
10Thoughts on Religious NGOs at the UN: A Component of Global Civil Society155
11Expanding the Trade Debate: The Role of Information in WTO and Civil Society Interaction175
12Citizen Involvement in Canadian Foreign Policy: The Summit of the Americas Experience, Quebec City, April 2001201
13Civil Society Encounters the G7/G8215
14Conclusion243
Electronic Sources249
Bibliography257
Index279

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