Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics
Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
Can Civil Society Influence G8 Accountability?
Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance
Non-state Actors and World Governance
Contesting Global Governance. Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements
Allende Hoy (English version)
When Dreams Come True
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Statement No. 1
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
New Rules for New Radicals ? *
Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
Expanding and Reinforcing the Objectives of the Kyoto Protocol: Inciting International Stakeholders to Engage in Greenhouse-gas Transparency
For Climate Justice and a World Fit to Be Lived in
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Nairobi World Parliamentary Forum Resolution
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
Global Calling-for-help Center
World Governance. A Personal European View
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
Another System of International Relations
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
The Armed Forces and World Governance
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
The Global Marshall Plan
For a World Citizen Movement
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
What is global civil society? And what is the meaning of global civil society? A few years ago, there was a debate on whether a global civil society existed or not. Today, few people doubt the existence of a global political space, and research on “global civil society” has emerged as a sub-field of study in the broader context of globalisation theory and research.
Over the past decades, civil society has been considered increasingly important to socio-economic development and in political mobilisation, perhaps especially so in developing countries. This is partly an effect of neo-liberal reforms that have decreased state responsibility in certain economic as well as political issues, instead increasing the role of not only private actors but also non-governmental organisations.
Furthermore, the democracy reforms of the last decades and the heightened focus on human rights have strengthened the political agency of civil movements and organisations, which often have turned into driving critics of precisely the lack of democracy in governance. In an era of globalisation, non-governmental organisations, social movements, and other forms of civil organisations have extended their contacts across national borders, in a process promoting the creation of transnational civil networks.
Many are the hopes that this vitalisation of civil society will strengthen societal development in a democratic direction, with increased popular participation.
This volume is based on the conference Global Civil Society. Shifting Powers in a Shifting World, held in Uppsala, Sweden, April 12-13, 2011. The conference was the second in a series of four yearly conferences, aiming to explore the formation of civil society internationally and its relation to democratisation and development. As such, it forms part of the project Outlook on Civil Society, which is a cooperation between Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
This second conference in our series focused on the power relations within civil society itself – between large international civil society organisations and smaller, national CSOs; between organisations in the global North and the global South; between different kinds of organisations within the global South – and between civil society and society at large, which finds itself in a situation where powers are shifting in a sometimes quite radical way, for example as China and the BRICS play an increasingly dominating role on the global political arena.
The two-day conference attracted about one hundred participants from all continents – researchers, development practitioners, policy makers, activists, and students – who gave rich and comparative perspectives on the conference theme in presentations and discussions.