Transnational Civil Society and the World Bank: Investigating Civil Society's Potential to Democratize Global Governance (Interest Groups) (Hardcover)
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Academics and practitioners alike recognize that global governance institutions suffer from a democratic deficit. Many have looked to transnational civil society as a means of remediation. Yet a clear gap has begun to emerge between normative hopes and empirical reality. Using new data from civil society engagements with the World Bank, this book shows how transnational civil society organizations prioritize pre-existing mission over responsiveness to claimed stakeholders, undertake activism in line with financial incentives, achieve impacts using elite channels of influence, and undercut the authority of developing country governments. It explores the structural roots of these patterns and examines their impact on democratic representation. It also offers practical advice for how these negative patterns can be moderated through new practices at the Bank and new norms within civil society.
About the Author
Christopher L. Pallas is Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, USA. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, where he was a member of the Centre for Civil Society.