Transnational activism in Asia: problems of power and by Nicola Piper, Anders Uhlin

By Nicola Piper, Anders Uhlin

This ebook offers new views on transnational activism with a particular local concentrate on Asia. by means of delivering an leading edge technique, its theoretical chapters and empirical case reviews learn macro in addition to micro elements of energy and the way cross-border actions of civil society teams are on the topic of difficulties of democracy.

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The very evident intellectual flaws and simplifications contained within empirical democratic theory meant that it was subject to a range of searching intellectual critiques. At the same time, the fact that liberal democratic theory in the 1960s and 1970s was so normatively bound up with the West, the defence of capitalism and the Cold War provoked an interest in exploring (and resurrecting) alternative approaches to democracy. The result was the re-emergence of the idea of democracy as a vehicle for human emancipation and as an instrument to further the rights and interests of vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

Risse-Kappen, T. ) (1995) Bringing Transnational Relations Back In. Non-State Actors, Domestic Structures and International Institutions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Rucht, D. (1999) ‘The Transnationalization of Social Movements: Trends, Causes, Problems’, in D. della Porta, H. Kriesi and D. Rucht (eds), Social Movements in a Globalizing World, London: Macmillan, pp. 206–22. ——(2001) ‘Transnationaler politischer Protest im historischen Laengsschnitt’, in A. Klein, R. Koopmans and H. Geiling (eds), Globalisierung, Partizipation, Protest.

McAdam 1996) associated with a democratic system constitute political opportunities for civil society activism. We should expect such domestic political opportunities to enhance not only local or national, but also transnational activism. A process of democratization may also lead to an increased involvement in transnational activism because activists see domestic problems as less pressing than external problems. Following the transition to a formal democratic regime, the pro-democracy movement is typically demobilized and activists turn to other issues, often including foreign and/or transnational problems.

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