This book examines the ways in which nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) contribute to the development and maintenance of global civil society. Basing his argument on the contention that 'people make politics,' the author investigates eight NGOs and connects their organizational activities to global civil society's dynamics and processes. In constructing an analytical framework for understanding global civil society, the author reviews traditional understandings of civil society, integrates these with a classical theoretical approach that places people at the center of world politics, and conceptualizes global civil society in terms of three elemental characteristics: dynamism, inclusiveness, and cognizance.
Craig Warkentin is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York in Oswego.
Chapter 1 List of Acronyms Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Global Civil Society and NGOs Chapter 5 Global Civil Society and the Internet Chapter 6 Environmental NGOs Chapter 7 Development NGOs Chapter 8 Online Resource Networks Chapter 9 Reshaping World Politics Chapter 10 References