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Transnational civil society and informal public spheres in the nuclear non-proliferation regime

Norman, David

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Scholars charting the emergence of transnational public spheres often focus on the socio-spatial sites that are generated by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in their interactions with the institutions of global governance. These sites can either reflect strong public spheres within the formal decision-making structures of international regimes, or segmented and general public spheres on their periphery. In practice, they all suffer key democratic deficiencies in either the ability to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNorman, David
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-20T02:42:20Z
dc.date.available2018-04-20T02:42:20Z
dc.identifier.citationNorman, D.J. (2018) “Transnational civil society and informal public spheres in the nuclear non-proliferation regime” European Journal of International Relations
dc.identifier.issn1354-0661
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/142751
dc.description.abstractScholars charting the emergence of transnational public spheres often focus on the socio-spatial sites that are generated by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in their interactions with the institutions of global governance. These sites can either reflect strong public spheres within the formal decision-making structures of international regimes, or segmented and general public spheres on their periphery. In practice, they all suffer key democratic deficiencies in either the ability to communicatively generate public opinion or achieve collective will-formation. I argue that if CSOs can successfully weave together both general and segmented public spheres on the periphery of international regimes, their individual democratic deficiencies could be addressed. To demonstrate evidence of these interconnected ‘informal public spheres’ I turn to the nuclear non-proliferation regime where public deliberation has been largely invisible and ineffectual within the formal decision-making structures of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The emergence of a new CSO-led ‘humanitarian initiative’ on the periphery of the regime comprising multi-stakeholder initiatives in conjunction with CSO social forums, reflects the interconnection of segmented and general public spheres. This innovative initiative has effectively enhanced transnational public debate on disarmament, whilst gaining crucial political traction within the regime.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Ref: ES/L013320/1) under the project ‘Nuclear Ethics and Global Security: Reforming the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime’ at the University of Birmingham, UK.
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dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightshttp://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1354-0661/..."author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 20/04/18).
dc.sourceEuropean Journal of International Relations
dc.subjectTransnational Civil Society
dc.subjectPublic Spheres
dc.subjectDemocratic Deficit
dc.subjectCritical Theory
dc.subjectGlobal Governance
dc.subjectNuclear Proliferation
dc.titleTransnational civil society and informal public spheres in the nuclear non-proliferation regime
dc.typeJournal article
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dcterms.dateAccepted2018-03-30
dc.date.issued2018
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/home/ejt
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationNorman, D., Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1460-3713
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1354066118774836
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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