By Marisa von Bülow
"Building Transnational Networks tells the tale of ways a large crew of civil society enterprises got here jointly to contest unfastened exchange negotiations within the Americas. according to study in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the us, and Canada, it bargains a whole hemispheric research of the production of civil society networks as they engaged within the politics of exchange. the writer demonstrates that the majority effective transnational actors are those with powerful family roots and that 'southern' enterprises occupy key nodes in exchange networks. The fragility of activist networks stems from adjustments within the household political context in addition to from features of the businesses, the networks, or the activities they adopt. those findings improve and recommend new understandings of transnational collective action"-- Read more...
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In this respect, an important issue is internal democracy – for example, how to represent different regions of the world – and the impacts of globalization in organizational arrangements. These are certainly relevant questions, but the creation of global organizations is only a small part of the universe of transnational coalition-building initiatives. As Helmut Anheier and Nuno Themudo have demonstrated, although the number of international nongovernmental organizations increased steadily between 1981 and 2001, the most numerous organizational forms were found in the category “internationally-oriented national organizations” (Anheier and Themudo 2002: 194).
The remaining chapters focus on the responses given by actors to two key challenges in transnational collective action. Part IV offers an analysis of the attempts to create new common spaces for coordinating action, or the organizational pathways taken by actors. More specifically, one of the goals in this part is to understand the relevance of brokerage roles across national and sectoral boundaries. It tells the stories of actors that became successful brokers, as well as stories of actors that contributed to block, instead of facilitate, the flow of information and resources.
Five interrelated arguments, summarized below, constitute the common thread that unites the different parts of this book: 1. Interaction among actors is relevant, because it may lead to changes in the way actors see their roles and their self-interest in transnational 16 Introduction 2. 3. 4. 5. collective action. Thus, in order to understand transnational collective action, it is not sufficient to analyze the costs and benefits each actor may have because of their isolated actions. It is necessary to map their positions in social networks, to understand the origins of the ties, and to study how these change through time.
Building transnational networks : civil society and the politics of trade in the Americas by Marisa von Bülow