This is one of the first books to explore the nexus between civil society, religion, and global governance, their impact on human security and well-being, and significance for current debates in international politics.
The contributors examine salient aspects of the secular state whose monopoly on, and control of, institutional violence has reified its use of power to such an extent that the modernistic separation of church and state is being called into question, as institutional limits are sought to the abuse of that power. The volume is clearly divided into six key sections:
- human security and human rights
- the politics of civil religion
- the ethics of civil development
- civil society and global governance
- cross-cultural perspectives on institutional development for civil society
- international civil society.
Within these sections the illuminating case studies span a wide geographical extent from Central and Eastern Europe to Egypt, to Latin America, Iran, Bangladesh, Australia, the Pacific and East and Southeast Asia.
Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance will be of strong interest to students, policy makers and researchers in the fields of human rights, religion, political science and sociology.
Table of Contents
Preface Lawrence Cram 1. Introduction: Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance - The Power and Persuasiveness of Civil Society Helen James Part 1: Human Security and Human Rights 2. National Security: Proportionality, Restraint and Commonsense Hon. Justice Michael Kirby, AC CMG 3. Human Security, Identity Politics and Global Governance: From Freedom from Fear to Fear of Freedoms Amitav Acharya 4. A Transcivilisational Perspective on Global Issues: A Way to Overcome Euro-America-Centric Discourse on World Affairs in the Twenty-First Century Yasuaki Onuma Part 2: The Politics of Civil Religion 5. The Anglican Church, the State and Modern Warfare Philip Towle 6. Religion and the Destruction of Aboriginal Society: The Paradox of Australian Indigenous Civil Societies Gordon Briscoe, AO 7. Church-State Relations in Post-Communist Countries: The Idea of Path Dependency May Have Something Useful to Tell Us Robert F. Miller Part 3: The Ethics of Civil Development 8. War and the Role of Religion in a Global Civil Society Joseph Runzo 9. Citizenship as Consumption or Citizenship as Agency? The Challenge for Latin American Civil Society Philip Oxhorn 10. Corruption, Governance and Transcultural Interaction Seumas Miller Part 4: Civil Society and Global Governance: Panacea or Problematique? 11. Post-Secular Civil Society Wayne Hudson 12. Christian Custom and the Church as Structure in ‘Weak States’ in Melanesia Bronwen Douglas 13. Governance, Civil Society and Economic Development: A View from the Pacific Ron Duncan Part 5: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Institutional Development for Civil Society 14. Community Development and Globalisation Isagani Serrano 15. Confronting Burma/Myanmar’s Security Dilemma: An Integrated Approach to National and Human Security Issues Zar Ni 16. The Iranian Fertility Transition: The Influences of Religion and Ethnicity Peter McDonald and Md Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi 17. Faith, NGOs and the Politics of Secularism in Bangladesh Bina D’Costa Part 6: International Civil Society: Prospects for Enhancing Human Security 18. Global Civil Society and the International Trade Regime He Baogang and Hannah Murphy 19. Kifaya as Political Culture: The 7 September 2005 Elections in Egypt Jacky Angus 20. Civil Society, Religion and Good Governance: The Indonesian Case Azyumardi Azra 21. Conclusion: Paradigms of a More Civil Society Helen James