Civil Society and Social Inequality
At a time when social inequalities are on the increase both within nations and in the relations between poor and rich countries, the notion of civil society has become a matter of particular interest in national as well as supranational debates. However, this coincidence tends to engender mistrust whenever countries or supranational bodies pin their hopes on the civil society (or the “global civil society”) as a resource in the creation of a fair and just world in the age of globalization.
At the outset of debate, after all, globalization was associated with the hope that it would lead to a liberal, democratic, and just world order. There is an expectation that with the emergence of a global civil society, a more emancipated world order would be created. The liberal, cosmopolitan idea of a global civil society refers to the widening, deepening, and accelerating global interconnectedness and interdependence. Many normative international theorists insist that an emerging...
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