Global Civil Society and Its Limits

  • Gordon Laxer
  • Sandra Halperin

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Effective Resistance to Corporate Globalization

    1. Sandra Halperin, Gordon Laxer
      Pages 1-21
  3. Global Civil Society: Critiques

  4. Transnational Advocacy Networks: Harbingers of a Global Civil Society?

  5. The National as a Site of Anti-Globalism Resistance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-279

About this book


This volume critically examines the promise of a global civil society. Exploring issues in cases of diverse social justice movements, the contributors show that a global civil society is still far from emerging and its promotion may even harm the realization of grassroots democracy. The Internet is an exciting new means for activists to communicate internationally, and citizens' movements increasingly co-ordinate campaigns through transnational advocacy networks, but most effective civic action still takes place at national and local levels.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon Laxer
    • 1
  • Sandra Halperin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of SussexUK

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