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The Global Legitimacy Game

Civil Society, Globalization and Protest

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Part of the Palgrave Texts in International Political Economy book series (PTIPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alison Van Rooy
    Pages 33-61
  3. Alison Van Rooy
    Pages 62-76
  4. Alison Van Rooy
    Pages 77-102
  5. Alison Van Rooy
    Pages 103-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-194

About this book


There is a heated debate underway on the legitimacy of global activists, a war of words (and sometimes stones and teargas) that is rarely examined from top to bottom. This latest book by Canadian commentator Van Rooy scrutinizes the new legitimacy rules, arguing that they have real impact on how our world is governed. In dissecting representation, rights, experience, expertise, moral authority and other evolving rules of legitimation, Van Rooy points to her own proposals for global supplementary democracy.


Civil society crisis democracy global governance globalization Governance war

About the authors

ALISON VAN ROOY'S research on civil society includes Nongovernmental Voices in Multilateral Organizations (an ongoing series at The North-South Institute), the Canadian Development Report 1999: Civil Society and Global Change (1999); and Civil Society and the Aid Industry (1998). She is currently on leave from the Canadian International Development Agency.

Bibliographic information


'a well structured examination of the ways in which the 'legitimacy' debate is unfolding. The book has a logical and expository structure, the arguments are tightly managed in clear, jargon-free language, and they are backed by solid examples and quotes. [...] excellent and strategically useful volume.' - Development In Practice

'Clear, concise, and well-written...Overall, this is an excellent book and well worth reading.' - Hall Gardner, The European Legacy