July 28, 2015 | Working Papers

Global Governance and the Structuring of Global Civil Society: the Field of Transnational Advocacy and the WTO

Authors: Kristen Hopewell

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The growing power of global governance institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and United Nations, has prompted a dramatic expansion of global civil society advocacy directed at these institutions. The burgeoning of global civil society has generated considerable excitement in academic, activist and policy circles, based in large part on optimism about its potential to act as a transformative force in global governance and the process of globalization. Global civil society has been heralded as a democratizing force in global governance. It has been seen as an oppositional force acting against the state and the market and providing a source of counterhegemonic resistance to the current path of neoliberal globalization. It has been hailed as creating a new “globalization-from-below”, based on values such as democracy, inclusion, participation, justice, and equality

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