Marlies Glasius (ed)
Oxford University Press (November 2003)
As evidenced by the immense global mobilization against the war on Iraq, which arguably influenced the actions of government leaders, global civil society is now established as a major player on the international stage. This yearbook is the standard work on the topic, useful for social scientists and activists working on globalisation from below.
The publication opens with a chapter on the state of global civil society in 2003, discussing the mushrooming of social forums and the growth of a global anti-war movement. The book contains contributions from Ulrich Beck and Martin Shaw on the need to globalise our thinking, a chapter by Meghnad Desai and Yahia Said on trade and the anti-capitalist movement, and a chapter by Mary Kaldor and Diego Muro-Ruiz tackling the 'dark side' of global civil society: religious and nationalist militant groups. Further chapters discuss global civil society efforts to outlaw biological and chemical weapons; the campaign to combat violence against women; transnational peasants' movements; and the legal environment for global civil society.
Global civil society is now established as a major player on the international stage, and the Global Civil Society Yearbook is the indispensable standard work.
Global Civil Society 2003, will be launched at LSE on Tuesday 7 October with an introduction by Baroness Amos, secretary of state for international development, followed by a debate between Victoria Brittain, Dr Marlies Glasius and Dr Leslie Sklair, chaired by Lord Desai. They will discuss the future of the anti-war movement and the anti-capitalist movement, as well as biological and chemical weapons and religious and nationalist militant groups.