1st Edition

Global Citizen Action

Edited By Michael Edwards, John Gaventa Copyright 2001

    Civil society, or citizen's groups, have taken centre stage in international policy debates and global problem solving. They hold out the promise of a global community and global governance. This volume, by leading scholars and participants, shows how to understand the changes that are occurring, particularly in relation to the international institutions involved. It includes case studies from all the major social movements of the 1990s.

    Campaigns * Information, Location, and Legitimacy: The Changing Bases of Civil Society Involvement in International Economic Policy * Constructing a Southern Constituency for Global Advocacy: the Experience of Latin American NGOs and the World Bank * The IMF and Civil Society: An Interim Progress Report * Opportunities and Constraints for Civil Society Participation in Multilateral Lending Operations: Lessons from Latin America * Part 3: Global Campaigns * Danger � Landmines! NGO-Government Collaboration in the Ottawa Process * Jubilee 2000: Citizen Action Across the North-South Divide * Cross Border Organizing Around Alternatives to Free Trade: Lessons from the NAFTA/FTAA Experience * National Coalitions and Global Campaigns: The International Children's Rights Movement * Handing Over the Stick: the Global Spread of Participatory Approaches to Development * Campaigning for Corporate Change: Global Citizen Action on the Environment * From the Corridors of Power to the Global Negotiating Table: The NGO Steering Committee of the Commission on Sustainable Development * Part 4: Lessons Learned � International Networking for Women's Human Rights * Squatting on the Global Highway: Community Exchanges for Urban Transformation * Do the Facts Matter? NGOs, Research, and International Advocacy * What Makes International Campaigns Effective? Lessons from India and Ghana * Global Citizen Action: Lessons and Challenges * List of Acronyms * References *The Contributors Index * About the Book


    Michael Edwards is director of Governance and Civil Society at the Ford Foundation. Among his most recent publications is Future Positive: International Cooperation in the 21st Century. John Gaventa is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where he coordinates a global program on citizen participation. He is perhaps best known for his book Power and Powerlessness in an Appalachian Valley, winner of numerous awards.