DescriptionSince the end of the Cold War, activists and scholars alike have celebrated the phenomenal growth of transnational social movements across the globe. For some, this new eruption of grass-roots political activism on a world scale – from the Rio Earth Summit to the Seattle anti-globalization protests – represents the emergence of a global or transnational civil society.
This book provides a critical survey of recent approaches to the study of civil society and international relations, presenting an alternative historical and sociological account of the interaction between these two spheres. It makes a theoretical case for the importance of social movements in world politics arguing that modern social movements emerging out of civil society have been instrumental in shaping the contemporary international system.
In this wide-ranging engagement with past and present controversies in international relations, Colás shows how a renewed conception of international civil society can illuminate future possibilities for international social movement activity.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, political sociology and social history, as well as those who seek to play a part in global politics.
Chapter One: Introduction.
Non-state Actors in International Relations.
Chapter Two: Civil Society.
The Challenge of the International.
Chapter Three: Agencies and Structures in IR.
Analysing International Social Movements.
Chapter Four: International Society From Below.
The Role of Civil Society in International Relations.
Chapter Five: The Promises of International Civil Society.
Global Governance, Cosmopolitan Democracy and the End of Sovereignty?.
Conclusions: The Uses of International Civil Society.
“It is no exaggeration to say that International Civil Society is probably the best single IR volume on this topic. In a set of tightly-argued and well-written chapters, Colas seeks to bring some much needed rigour to the ongoing debates about what is more commonly dubbed global civil society, themselves a significant part of the larger debates about globalization.” Millennium
- Clear, accessible introduction to the role of social movement in world politics
- Offers an historical and comparative account of the development and impact of social movements ion the international order
- Develops a new conception of international civil society and its role in international relations