Transnational networks of civil society groups are seizing an ever-greater voice in how governments run countries and how corporations do business. This volume brings together a multinational group of authors to help policy makers, scholars, corporate executives, and activists themselves understand the profound issues raised. How powerful are these networks? Is their current prominence a temporary fluke or a permanent change in the nature of international power? What roles should they play as the world struggles to cope with the new global agenda? The book's six case studies investigate the role of transnational civil society in the global anti-corruption movement, nuclear arms control, dam-building and sustainability, democracy movements, landmines, and human rights. The conclusion draws out lessons and argues for a new understanding of the legitimate role of transnational civil society.

Praise for this publication

“An excellent, comprehensive, and timely analysis of a phenomenon that could redraw the contours of global governance in inspiring and challenging ways in the twenty-first century.”
    —Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

“Provides an excellent overview to the issues and trends in the rise of transnational civil society. Policy makers, students, and academics will appreciate the lively prose, diverse and well-documented case studies, lucid conclusions, and useful annotated bibliography.”
   —Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota