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Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU : A comparative study - Jutta Joachim

Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU

A comparative study

By: Jutta Joachim (Editor), Birgit Locher (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th November 2008
ISBN: 9780415446853
Number Of Pages: 208

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Comparing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the United Nations and the European Union across a range of different issue areas, this volume examines how the choice of venue and institution affects the strategies of NGOs.

Despite significant differences with respect to their scope, membership as well as their institutional rules, the authors find that the UN and the EU have surprisingly similar effects on civil society organizations and regulate access in such a way that it significantly constrains the agency of NGOs. Highlights include:




  • A comprehensive outline of the volume's main research questions, situated within the existing literature on the topic




  • Eight case studies of NGO involvement in the UN and the EU across a range of different areas, including human rights, the environment, socio-economic and security issues



  • A theoretically grounded summary of case study findings, challenging the findings of previous studies regarding the power of NGOs



  • A discussion of the finding's implications for the broader literature, as well as for studies relating to the EU and the UN in particular


Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, European Studies, and Global Politics.


Jutta Joachim is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hannover, Germany.

Birgit Locher is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tubingen, Germany.

Transnational activism in the EU and the UNp. 3
Civil society organizations in the United Nationsp. 21
Where the states are : environmental NGOs and the UN climate change negotiationsp. 29
Human rights NGOs at the United Nations : developing an optional protocol to the Convention against Torturep. 44
Political opportunity structures and non-state influence : making the case for transparency at the World Bankp. 61
Negotiating human security at the UN : transnational civil society, arms control and disarmamentp. 76
Institutions and civil society organizations in the EU's multilevel systemp. 93
NGOs, the European Union and the case of the environmentp. 105
Safeguarding asylum as a human right : NGOs and the European Unionp. 121
Pan-European NGOs and social rights : participatory democracy and civil dialoguep. 140
NGOs and security : the case of the European Unionp. 154
Worlds apart or worlds together? : transnational activism in the UN and the EUp. 171
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780415446853
ISBN-10: 0415446856
Series: Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Pol
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 4th November 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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