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Global Citizen Action

Michael Edwards and John Gaventa, editors
Global Citizen Action
ISBN: 978-1-55587-968-6
ISBN: 978-1-55587-993-8
2001/328 pages/LC: 2001019070

"This well-conceived and extremely useful book breaks new ground in treating the complexities of South/North citizen action."—Cecelia Lynch


Less than ten years ago, there was little talk of civil society in the corridors of power. But now, the walls reverberate to the sound of global citizen action—and difficult questions about the phenomenon abound. This book presents the cutting edge of contemporary thinking about nonstate participation in the international system.

Against the background of the changing global context, the authors present case studies of the most significant social movements and NGO networks influencing the course of world politics today. Their timely analysis encompasses the differing and conflicting interests and agendas associated with "civil society," shedding needed light on the forces that will determine the future of global governance.


Michael Edwards's  most recent publications include Future Positive: International Cooperation in the 21st Century. John Gaventa is director of the Coady International Institute and vice president of international development at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He has published widely on issues of citizen participation and is perhaps best known for his book Power and Powerlessness in an Appalachian Valley, winner of numerous awards.


  • Introduction—M. Edwards.
  • Ethical Globalization: The Dilemmas and Challenges of Internationalizing Civil Society—J.D. Clark.
  • Transnational Civil Society—A.M. Florini.
  • Transnational Civil Society Coalitions and the World Bank: Lessons from Project and Policy Influence Campaigns—L.D. Brown and J. Fox.
  • Information, Location, and Legitimacy: The Changing Bases of Civil Society Involvement in International Economic Policy—P. Nelson.
  • Constructing a Southern Constituency for Global Advocacy: The Experience of Latin American NGOs and the World Bank—M. Chiriboga V.
  • The IMF and Civil Society: An Interim Progress Report—J.A. Scholte.
  • Opportunities and Constraints for Civil Society Participation in Multilateral Lending Operations: Lessons from Latin America—D. Tussie and M.F. Tuozzo.
  • Danger—Landmines! NGO-Government Collaboration in the "Ottawa Process"—M.J.O. Scott.
  • Jubilee 2000: Citizen Action Across the North-South Divide—C.J.L. Collins et al.
  • Cross-Border Organizing Around Alternatives to Free Trade: Lessons from the NAFTA/FTAA Experience—J. Cavanagh et al.
  • National Coalitions and Global Campaigns: The International Children's Rights Movement—T. Lent and R. Trivedy.
  • Handing Over the Stick: The Global Spread of Participatory Approaches to Development—K. Singh.
  • Campaigning for Corporate Change: Global Citizen Action on the Environment—P. Newell.
  • From the Corridors of Power to the Global Negotiating Table: The NGO Steering Committee of the Commission on Sustainable Development—F. Dodds.
  • International Networking for Women's Human Rights—C. Bunch et al.
  • Squatting on the Global Highway: Community Exchanges for Urban Transformation—S. Patel et al.
  • Do the Facts Matter?: NGOs, Research, and International Advocacy—C. Harper.
  • What Makes International Campaigns Effective?: Lessons from India and Ghana—J. Chapman.
  • Global Citizen Action: Lessons and Challenges—J. Gaventa.
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