Book: Civil Society and International Governance

The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU, health Africa, Asia and Middle East
Edited by David Armstrong, Valeria Bello, Julie Gilson, Debora Spini
Published 29th October 2010 by Routledge – 224 pages

Series: Routledge/GARNET series

Civil Society and International Governance critically analyses the increasing impact of nongovernmental organisations and civil society on global and regional governance. Written from the standpoint of advocates of civil society and addressing the role of civil society in relation to the UN, the IMF, the G8 and the WTO, this volume assess the role of various non-state actors from three perspectives: theoretical aspects, civil society interaction with the European Union and civil society and regional governance outside Europe, specifically Africa, East Asia and the Middle East. It demonstrates that civil society’s role has been more complex than one defined in terms, essentially, of resistance and includes actual participation in governance as well as multi-facetted contributions to legitimising and democratising global and regional governance.


1. Introduction David Armstrong and Julie Gilson

Part 1: Theory

2. Civil Society and the Democratisation of Global Public Space Debora Spini

3. Collective and Social Identity: A Theoretical Analysis of the Role of Civil Society in the Construction of Supra-National Societies Valeria Bello

4. Organized Civil Society and Political Representation in the EU Arena Carlo Ruzza

Part 2: The European Union

5. Europeanization of Non-State Actors: Towards a Framework for Analysis Karolina Boro?ska-Hryniewiecka

6. Between Localisation and Europeanisation: Non-Governmental Organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina Erica Panighello

7. European Integration, Cross-Border Cooperation and Third-Sector Mobilizations in the Basque Country Xabier Itçaina

Part 3: Civil Society Outside Europe

8. Governance and Non-Governmental Organisations in East Asia: Building Region-Wide Coalitions Julie Gilson

9. Civil Society and Regional Governance in Eastern and Southern Africa Andréas Godsäter and Frederik Söderbaum

10. The Role of Civil Society in Regional Governance in the Middle East Michael Shulz

11. Transnational Labour Mobilization in the Americas Marcelo Saguier

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