Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Globalization, EU Democracy Assistance and the World Social Forum

Concepts and Practices of Democracy

Authors: Fiedlschuster, Micha

  • Provides a Neo-Gramscian reading of the World Social Forum and ‘Global Civil Society’
  • Critically evaluates the changing character of the relationship between the EU and civil society organizations
  • Considers social movements and the World Social Forum as sources of innovation for global institutions and as possible watchdogs of political and economic elites
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Seeking to extend the debate on the diversity of democracy, this book provides the reader with a comprehensive account of how two different global actors, the European Union and the World Social Forum respond to the challenges of globalization with various models of democracy and modes of cooperation at the transnational level.

Analysing EU democracy assistance in the EU’s neighbourhood, Fiedlschuster sheds light on the complex relationship between the EU and civil society. Although the EU perceives a vital civil society as crucial for democracy, its mix of a governance approach with deliberative and participatory democracy will unlikely result in a citizen-centred democracy.

The book also provides a compelling account of the World Social Forum and its participants interviewed for this work attempt to answer one of the challenges of contemporary globalization: How can civil society pursue democratically global social change? Fiedlschuster skilfully deploys various sociological approaches not only to analyse concepts and practices of democracy by transnational activists but also to throw light on the tensions between democratic idealism and anti-democratic tendencies in the Forum. This book will be of wide interest to students and academics, including those working within political sociology, European Union politics, and globalization. 



About the authors

Micha Fiedlschuster holds a PhD in Global Studies from Leipzig University, Germany. His research combines his interests in social movement research, European and Global studies and democratic theory.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Democracy and Globalization

    Fiedlschuster, Micha

    Pages 1-38

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  • EU Democracy Assistance: Continuity and Conceptual Changes

    Fiedlschuster, Micha

    Pages 39-80

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  • EU Concepts of Democracy and Civil Society

    Fiedlschuster, Micha

    Pages 81-111

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  • The World Social Forum and Approaches to Global Civil Society

    Fiedlschuster, Micha

    Pages 113-135

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  • A Neo-Gramscian Reading of Global Civil Society and the World Social Forum

    Fiedlschuster, Micha

    Pages 137-166

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalization, EU Democracy Assistance and the World Social Forum
Book Subtitle
Concepts and Practices of Democracy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70739-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70739-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70738-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 307
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics