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Global Civil Society: A Study on the Transformative Possibilities of Civil Society as an Agent in International Relations
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Global Civil Society is a spectrum of diverse social actors, which offers an alternative to the making of contemporary politics, and towards social change; it provides us with a new approach to change the existing global order through development rather than confrontation. For this reason, global civil society has recently attracted increased interest in the academic and political discourse and consequently has left the margins and is placed in the centre of contemporary International Relations and political theory.

Utilizing neo-Gramscian ideas this study examines global civil society’s concept and core features and focuses on its role as well as transformative possibilities as an agent in contemporary world politics. This thesis demonstrates through the findings of our

case study on "Civil Society Organisations" Response to the Fourth European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Summit in Vienna 2006” the alternative approach in dealing with political issues and actively working towards those ends.

This research’s conclusions designate the great potentialities of civil society’s organizations, if carefully managed to transform the contemporary world; as well as the necessity of addressing global civil society in order to understand the role of the social realm in reducing the gap of legitimacy in the contemporary world order.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling , 2007. , 103 p.
Keyword [en]
International Relations, Civil Society, social change, NGOs, European Union, Latin America
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-8530ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--07/0033--SEOAI: diva2:23305
2007-01-16, D31, DG46, D Building, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden, 00:00
Available from: 2007-03-27 Created: 2007-03-27

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