Social Movements for Global Democracy / Edition 1

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Overview

This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the struggle to define the course of globalization. Synthesizing extensive research on transnational activism, Social Movements for Global Democracy shows how transnational networks of social movement activists—democratic globalizers—have worked to promote human rights and ecological sustainability over the predominant neoliberal system of economic integration.

Using case studies of recent and ongoing campaigns for global justice, Jackie Smith provides valuable insight into whether and how these activists are succeeding. She argues that democratic globalizers could be more effective if they presented a united front organized around a global vision that places human rights and ecological stability foremost and if they were to directly engage governments and the United Nations.

Illuminating the deep-seated struggles between two visions of globalization, Smith reveals a network of activists who have long been working to democratize the global political system.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Smith's book nicely illuminates the emerging world of global civil society, providing tools for its ongoing study.

— G. John Ikenberry

Choice

Highly recommended.

Mobilization
She mobilizes a host of secondary literature, as well as original field research, to offer a well-supported examination of the threats to, and need for, making multilateral institutions work on behalf of those who would save the world, not sell it.

— Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Canadian Journal of Sociology
An impassioned examination of transnational social movements... provides valuable insights into the mobilization, tactics, and successes of the democratic globalization movement.

— Liam Swiss

Contemporary Sociology
Smith has gathered a very impressive collection of data on complex global processes and structures. Writing from an engaged, critical perspective, she offers a coherent, thoughtful analysis of contested processes of globalization and constructive insights on potential pathways toward global democratization. This excellent book will be of great interest to sociologists and other students of this critical issue of our times.

— Lynn R. Horton

Sociology
The most comprehensive and well-documented study to date on current transnational movements. Smith deserves credit for penning such a thorough, reflexive, and multifaceted book.

— Dana M. Williams

Peace & Change
This is an excellent study that shows the diversity of the democratic globalization movement.

— Agnieszka Paczynska

Foreign Affairs - G. John Ikenberry

Smith's book nicely illuminates the emerging world of global civil society, providing tools for its ongoing study.

Mobilization - Elisabeth Jay Friedman

She mobilizes a host of secondary literature, as well as original field research, to offer a well-supported examination of the threats to, and need for, making multilateral institutions work on behalf of those who would save the world, not sell it.

Canadian Journal of Sociology - Liam Swiss

An impassioned examination of transnational social movements... provides valuable insights into the mobilization, tactics, and successes of the democratic globalization movement.

Peace and Change - Agnieszka Paczynska

This is an excellent study that shows the diversity of the democratic globalization movement.

Contemporary Sociology - Lynn R. Horton

Smith has gathered a very impressive collection of data on complex global processes and structures. Writing from an engaged, critical perspective, she offers a coherent, thoughtful analysis of contested processes of globalization and constructive insights on potential pathways toward global democratization. This excellent book will be of great interest to sociologists and other students of this critical issue of our times.

Sociology - Dana M. Williams

The most comprehensive and well-documented study to date on current transnational movements. Smith deserves credit for penning such a thorough, reflexive, and multifaceted book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801887444
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Themes in Global Social Change
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Smith is an associate professor of sociology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is coauthor of Global Democracy and the World Social Forums and coeditor of Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neoliberal Order, Globalizing Resistance: Transnational Dimensions of Social Movements, and Transnational Social Movements and Global Politics: Solidarity Beyond the State.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     vii
Preface     ix
Foundations
Contested Globalizations     3
Rival Transnational Networks     19
Politics in a Global System     36
Rival Networks Examined
Globalizing Capitalism: The Transnational Neoliberal Network in Action     65
Promoting Multilateralism: Social Movements and the UN System     89
Mobilizing a Transnational Network for Democratic Globalization     108
Struggles for Multilateralism and Global Democracy
Agenda Setting in a Global Polity     133
Domesticating International Human Rights Norms     158
Confronting Contradictions between Multilateral Economic Institutions and the UN System     177
Alternative Political Spaces: The World Social Forum Process and "Globalization from Below"     199
Conclusion: Network Politics and Global Democracy     226
Notes     243
References     255
Index     281
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