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What Role for Civil Society Coalitions in Supranational Governance?
Abstract: Beyond Networks critically dissects and systematizes an
insightful, well-researched and elegantly written account of the democratic
potential carried out by coalitions of civil society actors. Once
established a case for studying coalitions of civil society organization
through the lens of Global Administrative Law, the book eventually unveils
its underlying research question. This volume specifically attempts to
explain how civil society networks – which are studied within the broader
notion of Global Civil Society (GSC) – drive the development of principles
of democratic value at the supranational level. It does so within the
broader debate about new modes of global governance and in particular that
of experimentalist governance. It proceeds to theorize an autonomous
organization network model within GSC: the so-called 'interlocutory
coalitions'. Those coalitions are typically made of diverse category of
entities whose major – sometimes solely – common feature is the
cross-border pursuit of a common cause. In order to build an original and
valuable taxonomy of civil society networks, interlocutory coalitions must
be contrasted to other forms of networks, including social networks,
trans-governmental committees, think tanks, Parallel Summits and QUANGOs.
After reconstructing their respective composition, membership, rules of
governance and legal status, the book delves into interlocutory coalitions'
decision-making. How do coalitions presenting high degree of variation when
it comes to their mission, governance, funding and membership coalesce
around one common cause? How do they come to existence and get along? How
can such coalitions speak with one voice when representing and advocating
their common position in front of the relevant international organizations?
What kind of techniques and deliberative mechanisms are used to attain a
common position and then convey it to the outside world? This book provides
a rigorous, constructive and promising stepping stone to embark on such a
challenging journey. Yet the case for a global participatory democracy
remains to be made.
Keywords: Open government; Transparency; Participation; Civic empowerment; Coalitions; Legitimacy; Accountability; Civil society; European Union; Good governance; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: K19; K33; (follow links to similar papers)
10 pages, February 8, 2016
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