Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences

Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences

by Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Ann Marie Clark, Kathryn Hochstetler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791463338

ISBN-13: 9780791463338

Pub. Date: 01/06/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society explores the growing power of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by analyzing a microcosm of contemporary global state-society relations at UN World Conferences. The intense interactions between states and NGOs at conferences on the environment, human rights, women’s issues, and other topics confirm the

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Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society explores the growing power of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by analyzing a microcosm of contemporary global state-society relations at UN World Conferences. The intense interactions between states and NGOs at conferences on the environment, human rights, women’s issues, and other topics confirm the emergence of a new transnational democratic sphere of activity. Employing both regional and global case studies, the book charts noticeable growth in the ability of NGOs to build networks among themselves and effect change within UN processes. Using a multidimensional understanding of state sovereignty, the authors find that states use sovereignty to shelter not only material interests but also cultural identity in the face of external pressure. This book is unique in its analysis of NGO activities at the international level as well as the complexity of nation-states’ responses to their new companions in global governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791463338
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/06/2005
Series:
SUNY series in Global Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1Global State-Society Relations11
Chapter 2Global Civil Society: Emergence and Impact31
Chapter 3Global Civil Society and Latin America in the UN Conferences69
Chapter 4Sovereignty in the Balance97
Chapter 5Sovereignty Bargains and Challenges at the Conferences on Population and Development, Social Development, and Human Settlements129
Chapter 6Global Civil Society: Transforming Sovereignty and Building Democracy?157
Notes173
Bibliography179
Index205
Suny Series in Global Politics219

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