From the earliest campaign against Augusto Pinochet's repressive
practices to the recent massive demonstrations against the World
Trade Organization, transnational collective action involving
nongovernmental organizations has been restructuring politics and
changing the world. Ranging from Santiago to Seattle and covering
more than twenty-five years of transnational advocacy, the essays
in Restructuring World Politics offer a clear, richly nuanced
picture of this process and its far-reaching implications in an
increasingly globalized political economy. The book brings together
scholars, activists, and policy makers to show how such advocacy
addresses--and reshapes--key issues in the areas of labor, human
rights, gender justice, democratization, and sustainable
development throughout the world. A primary goal of transnational
advocacy is to create, strengthen, implement, and monitor
international norms. How transnational networks go about doing
this, why and when they succeed, and what problems and
complications they face are the main themes of this book. Looking
at a wide range of cases where nongovernmental actors attempt to
change norms and the practices of states, international
organizations, and firms in the private sector--from debt
restructuring to protecting human rights, from anti-dam projects in
India to the prodemocracy movement in Indonesia--the authors
compellingly depict international nongovernmental organizations and
transnational social movements as considerable, emerging powers in
international politics, initiating, facilitating, and directing the
transformation of global norms and practices. Contributors: Karen
Brown Thompson, U of Minnesota; Charles T. Call, Brown U; Elizabeth
A. Donnelly, Harvard U; Darren Hawkins, Brigham Young U; Thalia G.
Kidder; Smitu Kothari; Paul J. Nelson, U of Pittsburgh; August
Nimtz, U of Minnesota; Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and
Trade Policy; Jackie Smith, SUNY Stony Brook; Daniel C. Thomas, U
of Illinois, Chicago.
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