Building Transnational Networks: Civil Society and the by Marisa von Bülow

By Marisa von Bülow

Development Transnational Networks tells the tale of the way a wide workforce of civil society corporations got here jointly to contest unfastened exchange negotiations within the Americas. in keeping with examine in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, it deals an entire hemispheric research of the construction of civil society networks as they engaged within the politics of exchange. the writer demonstrates that the majority potent transnational actors are those with robust family roots and that "southern" agencies occupy key nodes in alternate networks. The fragility of activist networks stems from alterations within the household political context in addition to from features of the agencies, the networks, or the activities they adopt. those findings develop and recommend new understandings of transnational collective motion.

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A methodological approach that focused on the causal powers of particular variables by comparing countries taken as separate “cases” would be misleading14 because it would ignore the impacts of transnational diffusion and influence. One hundred and twenty-three CSOs answered the social network questionnaire in Brazil (29), Chile (23), Mexico (30), and the United States (41) (see the lists of organizations in Appendix A). This “n” is not representative of all challengers of free trade negotiations.

However, these initiatives can provide sustained platforms for transnational collective action. 18 The literature on “new social movements” argued that part of the novelty of these forms of collective action was the (commendable) rejection of hierarchical forms of organization and centralized decision-making structures. See, for example, Dalton (1994: esp. 8–9). 2. There is no deterministic trend that goes from participating in an event coalition to becoming part of a global social movement or a transnational alliance.

2. There is no deterministic trend that goes from participating in an event coalition to becoming part of a global social movement or a transnational alliance. The choice of organizational pathways is less predictable than a progressive and unidirectional approach would make it, in part because these efforts often require the institutionalization of relationships simultaneously at both levels. Making Claims and Building Projects in Transnational Collective Action When CSOs participate in foreign policy debates, they are pressured to present alternative proposals and specific demands.

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