This is a book about a political idea an idea that came out of the 1989 revolutions. It is an idea that expresses a real phenomenon, even if the boundaries and shape of the phenomenon are contested and subject to constant redefinition. The study of past debates as well as the actions and arguments of the present is a way of directly influencing the phenomenon, and of contributing to a changing reality, if possible for the better. The task is all the more urgent in the aftermath of September 11.
Global Civil Society will be read by students of politics, international relations and sociology, as well as activists, policy–makers, journalists and all those engaged in global public debates
Chapter 1: Five Meanings of Global Civil Society.
Chapter 2: The Discourse of Civil Society.
Chapter 3: The Ideas of 1989: The Origins of the Concept of Global Civil Society.
Chapter 4: Social Movements, NGOs and Networks.
Chapter 5: Globalization, the State and War.
Chapter 6: September 11: The Return of the Outside ?.