Global Civil Society: Contested Futures

Global Civil Society: Contested Futures

by Gideon Baker
     
 

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For many commentators, global civil society is revolutionising our approach to global politics, as new non-state-based and border-free expressions of political community challenge territorial sovereignty as the exclusive basis for political community and identity. This challenge 'from below' to the nation-state system is increasingly seen as promising nothing less

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For many commentators, global civil society is revolutionising our approach to global politics, as new non-state-based and border-free expressions of political community challenge territorial sovereignty as the exclusive basis for political community and identity. This challenge 'from below' to the nation-state system is increasingly seen as promising nothing less than a reconstruction, or a re-imagination, of world politics itself. Whether in terms of the democratisation of the institutions of global governance, the spread of human rights across the world, or the emergence of a global citizenry in a worldwide public sphere, global civil society is understood by many to provide the agency necessary for these hoped-for transformations. Global Civil Society asks whether this idea is such a qualitatively new phenomenon after all; whether the transformation of the nation-state system is actually within its reach; and what some of the drawbacks might be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134256860
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/23/2004
Series:
Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
520 KB

Meet the Author

David Chandler is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK.
Gideon Baker is a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Salford, UK.

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