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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)|
About 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.