Undemocratic Activism? Transnational Civil society, the World Bank, and the Democratization of Global Governance

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October 2015


For much of the past 20 years, scholars and practitioners have argued that transnational civil society organizations (CSOs) can act to remedy power imbalances within global governance. They have argued that the UN and the World Bank privilege the interests of the Northern societies over those in the global South, who are marginalized in the decision-making processes and also disproportionately impacted by the resulting policy. However, new research is showing that civil society itself is divided by disparities in power and resources between CSOs.

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Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Transnational NGO Initiative Guest Lecture Series