Sustainability Civil Society and International Governance: Local North American and Global Perspectives

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How can civil society and global governors come together in new ways to improve links among trade, environmental and social values? In this important and wide-ranging volume, an unparalleled array of contributors examine the many new processes of civil society engagement that have been introduced at the local, regional and global levels. Assessing what more can be done to strengthen the productive partnerships between civil society and global governance, the book draws on the extensive inventory of existing practices and community-based alternatives to demonstrate how particular mechanisms for civil society participation in global governance have enhanced or impeded the specific economic, environmental and political outcomes that many want.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754638841
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/6/2006
  • Series: Global Environmental Governance Series
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction, observations, and conclusions 3
2 Engaging local communities in environmental protection with competitiveness : community advisory panels in Canada and the United States 31
3 Precaution versus sound science : risk discourses and civil society participation in international food safety negotiations 41
4 Continentalism from below? : trinational mobilisation among labour unions, environmental organisations, and indigenous peoples 63
5 The emergence of environmental movement-government partnerships 89
6 Local nongovernmental organisations, global governance, and the challenges of a global movement for sustainable food and agriculture 95
7 A North American community of law with minimal institutions : NAFTA's committees and working groups 105
8 Regional multinational corporations and triad strategy 123
9 NAFTA's chapter 11 : investor protection, integration, and the public interest 137
10 NAFTA's chapter 11 : the case for reform 177
11 What are the necessary ingredients for the world trading order? 191
12 Trade liberalisation, regulatory diversity, and political sovereignty 215
13 Civil society and the roots of structural conditionality in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund 231
14 World Trade Organization gridlock and alternative regimes to pursue an international social clause 261
15 Civil society, the United Nations, and G7/8 summitry 279
16 Building democratic partnerships : the GS-civil society link 319
17 Civil society engagement : a case study of the 2002 G8 environment ministers meeting 337
18 Canada and the Kyoto Protocol : beyond ratification to implementation 343
19 Globalisation of the marketplace 359
20 Civil society and institutions of global governance 367
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