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Building Global Democracy?
Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance

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Jan Aart Scholte, Kerstin Martens, Alnoor Ebrahim, Steven Herz, Marc Williams, Timothy M. Shaw, Pamela K. Mbabazi, Saied Reza Ameli, Morten Ougaard, Peter I. Hajnal, Julie Gilson, Peter Newell, Carolyn Long, Nata Duvvury, Mawaki Chango, Heidi Ullrich
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521140553

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  • The scale, effectiveness and legitimacy of global governance lag far behind the world's needs. This path-breaking book examines how far civil society involvement provides an answer to these problems. Does civil society make global governance more democratic? Have citizen action groups raised the accountability of global bodies that deal with challenges such as climate change, financial crises, conflict, disease and inequality? What circumstances have promoted (or blocked) civil society efforts to make global governance institutions more democratically accountable? What could improve these outcomes in the future? The authors base their argument on studies of thirteen global institutions, including the UN, G8, WTO, ICANN and IMF. Specialists from around the world critically assess what has and has not worked in efforts to make global bodies answer to publics as well as states. Combining intellectual depth and political relevance, Building Global Democracy? will appeal to students, researchers, activists and policymakers.

    • An important contribution to the knowledge and practice of global governance
    • High-quality scholarship is combined with policy-relevant knowledge as specialist researchers from around the world write in consultation with experienced practitioners
    • Features a detailed and diverse range of case studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'That the relationship between institutions of global governance and civil society organisations is complex is well known; just how complex is clearly and elegantly brought out by the contributions to this marvellous volume.' Neera Chandhoke, University of Delhi

    'Today more than ever, an uncertain world needs accountable global governance, which in turn depends on a healthy civil society. Anyone who seeks better ways towards global democracy should read this book.' Yu Keping, China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics, Beijing

    'In a time when multiple global crises confront us with a 'perfect storm', this book opens ways to bring citizens to the heart of building global solutions.' Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International

    'A unique volume that offers real insights into the ways and to what extents citizen action groups can further the accountability of global regulatory organisations.' Diana Tussie, Professor of International Relations, FLACSO, Argentina

    'The Arab region suffers from weak democracy in global institutions and finds that government-led diplomacy is unable to change that fact. Civil society should have a place to better this situation, and this book proves this reality and shows how CSOs could do so.' Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director, the Arab NGO Network for Development. (

    'Jan Aart Scholte has assembled an outstanding group from diverse corners of the world to interrogate and elaborate the notion of global democracy. The result is a book that will appeal to diverse audiences interested in how to move beyond the stalemate of contemporary geopolitics, marked by such little progress on trade rules, financial market reform and climate change.' David Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics.

    'Each chapter sets out the mandate and activities of the global governance body, its accountability challenges, civil society engagement with the body and what effect this has. The result is a diverse analysis of civil society's role or potential role in improving the accountability of global governance organisations. Interestingly, the chapter on assessing the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) draws out what civil society and accountability mean from an Islamic perspective … As an edited volume, the book forms a cohesive narrative. The editor has set clear questions for contributors to adhere to in order to achieve consistency, while leaving enough freedom to explore the varied nuances of each case.' Sasha Jesperson, LSE Politics blog (

    'Jan Aart Scholte has put together a most relevant volume that fills a huge need for information, namely about non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations … this book is a most welcome addition to the new field of globalisation studies … major global governance institutions - the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organisation etc. - are analysed through this common framework in a coherent manner, which must have required a lot of co-ordination by the editor. Jan-Erik Lane, Political Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521140553
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jan Aart Scholte
    1. Global governance, accountability and civil society Jan Aart Scholte
    2. Civil society and accountability of the United Nations Kerstin Martens
    3. The World Bank and democratic accountability: the role of civil society Alnoor Ebrahim and Steven Herz
    4. Civil society and IMF accountability Jan Aart Scholte
    5. Civil society and the WTO: contesting accountability Marc Williams
    6. Civil society and accountability in the Commonwealth Timothy M. Shaw and Pamela K. Mbabazi
    7. The organisation of the Islamic conference, accountability and civil society Saied Reza Ameli
    8. Civil society and patterns of accountability in the OECD Morten Ougaard
    9. Civil society and G8 accountability Peter I. Hajnal
    10. Structuring accountability: civil society and the Asia-Europe meeting Julie Gilson
    11. Civil society and accountability in the global governance of climate change Peter Newell
    12. Civil society and accountability promotion in the global fund Carolyn Long and Nata Duvvury
    13. Accountability in private global governance: ICANN and civil society Mawaki Chango
    14. Civil society and the World Fair Trade Organisation: developing responsive accountability Heidi Ullrich
    Conclusion Jan Aart Scholte.

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    Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick
    Jan Aart Scholte is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and Centennial Professor at LSE Global Governance in the London School of Economics and Political Science.


    Jan Aart Scholte, Kerstin Martens, Alnoor Ebrahim, Steven Herz, Marc Williams, Timothy M. Shaw, Pamela K. Mbabazi, Saied Reza Ameli, Morten Ougaard, Peter I. Hajnal, Julie Gilson, Peter Newell, Carolyn Long, Nata Duvvury, Mawaki Chango, Heidi Ullrich

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