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Transnational Civil Society and the World Bank

Investigating Civil Society’s Potential to Democratize Global Governance


Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christopher L. Pallas
    Pages 1-22
  3. Christopher L. Pallas
    Pages 23-45
  4. Christopher L. Pallas
    Pages 108-128
  5. Christopher L. Pallas
    Pages 129-151
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 170-196

About this book


Transnational civil society is often seen as an important contributor to the democratization of global governance. In their engagement with the World Bank, however, transnational civil society organizations prioritize pre-existing mission over responsiveness to claimed stakeholders and undercut the authority of developing country governments.


democracy democratization Engagement global governance Governance government participation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kennesaw State UniversityUSA

About the authors

Christopher L. Pallas is Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, USA. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, where he was a member of the Centre for Civil Society.

Bibliographic information


Christopher L. Pallas shows that while transnational activists have had significant impact on World Bank policy, their activities have not contributed to democratizing the Bank. Armed with clear definitions of democracy and legitimacy, Pallas shows that activists have been the most effective in pursuing their goals when acting in cooperation with powerful donor states and elites in the global North. In doing so, the transnational civil society has contributed to the marginalization of developing country governments and the disadvantaged groups they represent. Carefully researched and eloquently written, this book makes a significant contribution to the study of civil society in global governance.

- Johannes Urpelainen, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, USA

"Drawing on detailed case analysis, Chris Pallas provides a welcome, measured, provocative critique of easy assumptions about the relationship between civil society and democracy in global governance."

Jan Aart Scholte, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenberg, Sweden and Department of Political Science, University of Warwick, UK