How can civil society and global governors come together in new ways to improve links among trade, environmental and social values? In this important and wide-ranging volume, an unparalleled array of contributors examines the many new processes of civil society engagement that have been introduced at the local, regional and global levels. Assessing what more can be done to strengthen the productive partnerships between civil society and global governance, the book draws on the extensive inventory of existing practices and community-based alternatives to demonstrate how particular mechanisms for civil society participation in global governance have enhanced or impeded the specific economic, environmental and political outcomes that many seek to achieve.
Contents: Introduction: Introduction, observations, and conclusions, John J. Kirton and Peter I. Hajnal. Local and Transboundary Networks and Co-Operation: Engaging local communities in environmental protection with competitiveness: community advisory panels in Canada and the United States, Virginia Maclaren, Angela Morris, and Sonia Labatt; Precaution versus sound science: risk discourses and civil society participation in international food safety negotiations, Diane Bartlett and Harriet Friedmann; Continentalism from below? trinational mobilization among labour unions, environmental organizations, and indigenous peoples, Stefanie J. Bowles, Ian Thomas MacDonald, Jennifer Leah Mullen, and Stephen Clarkson; The emergence of environmental movement-government partnerships, Ken Ogilvie; Local nongovernmental organizations, global governance, and the challenges of a global movement for sustainable food and agriculture, Debbie Field. North American and Hemispheric Experiences: A North American community of law with minimal institutions: NAFTA's committees and working groups, Sarah Davidson Ladly, Carlton Thorne, and Stephen Clarkson; Regional multinational corporations and triad strategy, Alan M. Rugman and Alain Verbeke; NAFTA's Chapter 11: investor protection, integration, and the public interest, Julie Soloway; NAFTA's Chapter 11: the case for reform, Chris Tollefson. The Multilateral Trade and Finance System: What are the necessary ingredients for the World Trading Order?, Sylvia Ostry; Trade liberalization, regulatory diversity, and political sovereignty, Michael J. Trebilcock; Civil society and the roots of structural conditionality in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Louis W. Pauly; World Trade Organization gridlock and alternative regimes to pursue an international social clause, Scott Vaughan. The G8 and United Nations Systems: Civil society, the United Nations, and G7/8 summitry, Peter I. Hajnal; Building democratic partnerships: The G8-civil