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Joe Bandy and Jackie Smith (eds.), Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neoliberal Order, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD, 2005, 262 pp., index, $29.95.
In Coalitions Across Borders, Bandy and Smith provide dramatic context for conceptualizing the role of transnational civil society, offering it as a countervailing force to the current neoliberal order. While neoliberalism represents “globalization from above,” characterized by elite-driven free-market policies and structures, transnational civil society represents an alternative and opposing “globalization from below,” a more democratic and just approach to the organization of global economic life. It is out of the interplay of these two forces of globalization that systems of global governance emerge. Efforts to build the coalitions and networks that comprise transnational civil society, however, face unique obstacles, including propensities toward debilitating internal conflicts. The same gender,...