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Civil Society and Global Poverty

Hegemony, Inclusivity, Legitimacy

By Clive Gabay

© 2013 – Routledge

178 pages

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About the Book

The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is world’s largest civil society movement fighting against poverty and inequality, incorporating over 100 affiliated country-level coalitions. It has become a significant global actor and its annual days of mobilisation now attract over 175 million people around the world.

This book seeks to explore GCAP’s power and its embodiment of emancipatory change. It develops a framework that assesses its external power as an actor by exploring how power works in it, and the relationship between the two. Gabay demonstrates that GCAP, and actors like it, may transcend some of the obstructions they face in navigating and proposing alternatives to dominant codes and practices of neo-liberal globalisation. Thematically, the book explores GCAP’s constitutive powers along three axes: hegemony, inclusion and legitimacy. It draws on a wide range of social and political theory, including Liberalism, Anarchism and postcolonial theory and featuring case studies on Malawi and India.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, international development, global governance, social movements and civil society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Power: An Interlude 2. Hegemony 3. Inclusivity 4. Legitimacy 5. Implications and Conclusions

About the Author

Clive Gabay is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Australia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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