Social Movements for Global Democracy

ISBN-10: 0801887445
ISBN-13: 9780801887444
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jackie Smith
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the struggle to define the course of globalization. Synthesizing extensive research on transnational activism, Social Movements for Global Democracy shows how transnational networks of social movement activists -- democratic globalizers -- have worked to promote human rights and ecological sustainability over the predominant neoliberal system of economic integration. Using case studies of recent and ongoing campaigns for global justice, Jackie Smith provides valuable insight into whether and how these activists are succeeding. She argues that democratic globalizers could be more effective if they presented a united front organized around a global vision that places human rights and ecological stability foremost and if they were to directly engage governments and the United Nations. Illuminating the deep-seated struggles between two visions of globalization, Smith reveals a network of activists who have long been working to democratize the global political system.

Jackie Smith is Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburg. She is also the editor of Journal of World-Systems Research. Smith's most recent books include Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation, with Dawn Wiest; Handbook on World Social Forum Activism, co-edited with Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, & Elizabeth Smythe; Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding, co-edited with Ernesto Verdeja, and Social Movements for Global Democracy (2008).

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Foundations
Contested Globalizations
Rival Transnational Networks
Politics in a Global System
Rival Networks Examined
Globalizing Capitalism: The Transnational Neoliberal Network in Action
Promoting Multilateralism: Social Movements and the UN System
Mobilizing a Transnational Network for Democratic Globalization
Struggles for Multilateralism and Global Democracy
Agenda Setting in a Global Polity
Domesticating International Human Rights Norms
Confronting Contradictions between Multilateral Economic Institutions and the UN System
Alternative Political Spaces: The World Social Forum Process and "Globalization from Below"
Conclusion: Network Politics and Global Democracy
Notes
References
Index

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