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Global civil society: The progress of post-Westphalian politics

Dryzek, John

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Despite lingering ambiguity surrounding the concept, global civil society is acclaimed by those who think they belong to it, and validated by international governmental organizations seeking legitimation for their activities. Its enthusiasts believe global civil society presages a more congenial kind of politics that transcends the system of sovereign states. Its critics deride its unrepresentativeness and complicity in established power relations. The critics can be answered by more subtle...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDryzek, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:13:54Z
dc.date.available2015-12-10T23:13:54Z
dc.identifier.issn1094-2939
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64633
dc.description.abstractDespite lingering ambiguity surrounding the concept, global civil society is acclaimed by those who think they belong to it, and validated by international governmental organizations seeking legitimation for their activities. Its enthusiasts believe global civil society presages a more congenial kind of politics that transcends the system of sovereign states. Its critics deride its unrepresentativeness and complicity in established power relations. The critics can be answered by more subtle accounts of representation and by highlighting contestatory practices. Appreciation of the promise and perils of global civil society requires moving beyond preconceptions rooted in dated ideas about civil society and democracy as they allegedly function within states. Irrespective of the sophistication of such post-Westphalian moves, global civil society remains contested terrain, involving interconnected political and intellectual disputes. International relations theory proves less useful than it should be in clarifying what is at stake. Democratic theory can be brought to bear, and this encounter sheds new light on what democracy itself can entail.
dc.publisherAnnual Reviews Inc
dc.sourceAnnual Review of Political Science
dc.subjectKeywords: global governance; nongovernmental organizations; public spheres; transnational democracy
dc.titleGlobal civil society: The progress of post-Westphalian politics
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB972
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDryzek, John, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage101
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage119
local.identifier.doi10.1146/annurev-polisci-042010-164946
local.identifier.absseo940303 - International Organisations
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:46:17Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84861444049
local.identifier.thomsonID000310762500004
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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