Engaging Civil Society

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Year Published:2010

Engaging Civil Society

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Trends and Innovations in Governance The rapid pace of globalization has led to the increasing interdependence of member states of the United Nations to achieve sustainable development objectives, including the eradication of extreme poverty, environmental protection, access to basic services and livelihoods, and the promotion of economic growth and opportunities. Policymakers, scholars and development practitioners recognize the centrality of effective governance at the local, national and global levels to promote sustainable development. Along with governments and the private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs) are playing an increasingly important and expanded role in improving transparency, participation, access to services and the rule of law. This book attempts to examine the changing roles of civil society in global and national governance. It identifi es factors that infl uence the effectiveness of civil society in promoting democratic governance. G. Shabbir Cheema is Director, Asia-Pacifi c Governance and Democracy Initiative (AGDI) and Senior Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Vesselin Popovski is Senior Academic Programme Offi cer and Head of Section, “Peace and Security”, Institute for Sustainability and Peace at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Table of contents: Civil society engagement and democratic governance: An introduction, G. Shabbir Cheema Part I: Civil society and global governance The role of civil society in global governance, Vesselin Popovski The role of transnational civil society in promoting transparency and accountability in global governance, John Clark International advocacy NGOs and network credibility in global governance and problemsolving, L. David Brown Part II: Legal empowerment, norms and capacity of civil society Civil society and the challenge of changing power relations between the poor and the élite, Naresh Singh International norm-setting by civil society organizations: Lessons for strengthening norms pertaining to legal empowerment of the poor, William Ascher Civil society innovations in governance leadership: International demonstrations of integral development, the technology of participation and social artistry, Robertson Work Civil society, donor assistance and electoral and parliamentary processes, Massimo Tommasoli Part III: Experiences in Asia Civil society, policy dialogue and democratic change in Bangladesh, Rehman Sobhan China’s dilemma over civil society organizations, Denny Roy Civil society engagement in democratic transition in Pakistan, Ahmed Bilal Mehboob Civil society engagement in Malaysia, Denison Jayasooria Civil society engagement in Japan, Jin Sato Part IV: Experience in Africa Civil society in Africa: Constraints and opportunities for democratic change, Goran Hyden The role of civil society in national and local development in Africa, Kadmiel Harrison Wekwete

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Small Title Emerging Trends in Democratic Governance
Author Name G.Shabbir Cheema and Vesselin Popovski

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