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Civil Society and Democracy in Global Governance

Jan Aart Scholte

CSGR Working Paper No. 65/01

January 2001


Recent years have witnessed substantial civil society mobilisation on questions of global governance. This paper considers the implications of this development for democracy. After specifying concepts of ‘civil society’, ‘democracy’, ‘globality’ and ‘governance’, the paper identifies deep democratic deficits that have emerged as a consequence of contemporary globalisation. The discussion then outlines various ways that civil society can either enhance or undermine democracy in the governance of global relations.

Keywords: civil society, democracy, globalisation, governance

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