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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Global Civil Society: Changing the World?

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AUTHOR Jan Aart Scholte
ORGANIZATION Economic and Social Research Council
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 1999
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
Is, as many of its enthusiastic proponets suggest, global civil society the key to future progressive politics?  This paper first develops a definition of global civil society and explores the circumstances that have promted its growth. The paper then considers the consequences of global civil society, particularly in relation to matters of sovereignty, identity, citizenship and democracy. The latter part of the paper proceeds to outline criteria for evaluating global civil society, identifying seven areas of promise and four possible dangers. The conclusion offers several suggestions that could help to maximise the benefits and minimise the pitfalls of global civil society.         

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