Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society
State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: State University of New York Press
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This project started as an idea for a conference paper. Ann approached Kathy to see if she would be interested in writing a paper on international state-society relations by comparing two UN conferences. Kathy suggested bringing Elisabeth in on the project, as she had recently attended the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. Nine years later, we have collaboratively written five...
During the preparatory conferences for the 1992 United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, several hundred nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) packed into a crowded sideroom in UN facilities every morning to coordinate their lobbying strategies. Individual NGOs were responsible...
CHAPTER 1. Global State-Society Relations
There is growing incongruity between the empirical evidence of global political actors and relationships, on the one hand, and the state-centric model of international relations, on the other. For several hundred years the ideal of the Westphalian nation-state system upheld a global politics based on the interaction, for good or...
CHAPTER 2. Global Civil Society: Emergence and Impact
The day before the Rio conference opened, the international environmental group Greenpeace got the first word in by attempting to blockade the port of the Aracruz Celulosa company, a major Brazilian pulp producer and exporter. Hanging banners reading “Aracruz Plantations Kill...
CHAPTER 3. Global Civil Society and Latin America in the UN Conferences
To further assess the extent and impact of global civil society we turn in this chapter to an evaluation of Latin American participation at UN world conferences: does it reinforce traditional divides between state and society in global politics or does it transform state-society relations in ways that suggest a democratization...
CHAPTER 4. Sovereignty in the Balance
Sovereignty is a key set of privileges that states, and no other kind of international actor, possess. The principle of sovereignty provides the rationale behind a state’s legal equality with other states, and protects its capacity for authoritative action vis-à-vis other actors. Assessments of the relative importance of state and...
CHAPTER 5. Sovereignty Bargains and Challenges at the Conferences on Population and Development, Social Development, and Human Settlements
Up to now, we have concentrated on the conferences on the environment, human rights, and women as case studies in the emergence and development of global civil society. In this chapter, we extend the study to three other contemporary UN conferences: the 1994 Conference on Population and Development, held at Cairo, 5-...
CHAPTER 6. Global Civil Society: Transforming Sovereignty and Building Democracy?
In this chapter, we return to our initial queries outlined in chapter 1: does a global civil society exist? If so, has it had an impact on the democratization of world politics, either in the development of an alternative nongovernmental global public sphere or in new global state-society relations? How do changes in global social...
SUNY series in Global PoliticsJames N. Rosenau, Editor
Page Count: 234
Illustrations: 8 tables
Publication Year: 2005
OCLC Number: 62750503
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