Context, Role, and Legitimacy

Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)


Although TCS is frequently heralded as a key component of more democratic global governance, a noticeable gap has been observed between the hoped-for impacts of TCS as a normative construct and the real-world impacts of the organizations of which it is composed. A number of researchers have called into question civil society organizations’ motivations, representivity, and democratic credentials (Bowden 2006; Cooley and Ron 2002; Foley and Edwards 1996; Nelson 1997b). Even among those authors that hold that civil society can contribute positively towards global governance, one finds a variety of competing and sometimes contradictory prescriptions for judging the democratic contributions of individual TCSOs or TCS as a whole.


Civil Society Civil Society Organization Global Governance Democratic State Democratic Legitimacy 
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    Portions of this chapter were first published in Pallas, Christopher L. 2010. Revolutionary, Advocate, Agent, or Authority: Context-based Assessment of Democratic Legitimacy in Transnational Civil Society. Ethics and Global Politics, 3(3): 217–238.Google Scholar

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© Christopher L. Pallas 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kennesaw State UniversityUSA

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