In Activists beyond Borders, Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink examine a type of pressure group that has been largely ignored by political analysts: networks of activists that coalesce and operate across national frontiers. Their targets may be international organizations or the policies of particular states. Historical examples of such transborder alliances include anti-slavery and woman suffrage campaigns. In the past two decades, transnational activism has had a significant impact in human rights, especially in Latin America, and advocacy networks have strongly influenced environmental politics as well. The authors also examine the emergence of an international campaign around violence against women.
Margaret E. Keck is Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Workers' Party and Democratization in Brazil and the coauthor of Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society. Kathryn Sikkink is McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science and Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her other books include, as coeditor, Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms.
1. Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Politics: Introduction 2. Historical Precursors to Modern Transnational Advocacy Networks 3. Human Rights Advocacy Networks in Latin America 4. Environmental Advocacy Networks 5. Transnational Networks on Violence against Women 6. Conclusions Index