Civil Society

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Civil Society

A collection of persons who associate together to explore or promote their interests or goals. While civil society is not necessarily political or economic, it provides a sphere outside of the state or private sector in which people are motivated by their own goals, apart from profit or the good of the state. For that reason, civil society can exercise significant political influence. The growth of civil society is considered a mark of successful economic development of a country or region.
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38) Even Habermas, who distances himself from the aim of a global democracy, may be vulnerable to objections that he overstates the democratic potential of global civil society and understates the difficulty of generating an international consensus over human rights.
As noted previously, however, global civil society may not necessarily be so civil as reactionary and anti-modernist forces have their own quarrel with globalization from above.
As things stand, there are only two global social practices in which all people are participants: the society of sovereign states (SOSS) and global civil society (GCS).
This could provide the basis for an ethic of global cooperation as part of a genuinely global civil society.
Although all authors affirm the relevance of CST to the globalization debate, some specifically discuss areas that have been neglected or overlooked by CST documents, such as global governance and multinational corporate stakeholders (Coleman), global civil society (Appleby), ecological ethics (Mary Evelyn Tucker), and interreligious dialogue (Gregory Baum and Farhang Rajaee).
On the surface, this would seem like a victory of the global civil society.
Global civil society groups promoted and influenced a number of important international treaties on landmines, the International Criminal Court, and global climate change.
With the growth of the global civil society in this century, there are linkage systems among peoples and movements that never before existed, making possible unheard-of interfaces between governmental and nongovernmental bodies.
Simultaneously, the refugee issue is pointing us all in a new direction, to what one commentator has called "transnational activism," the linking of those who believe in battling for a global civil society.
Today's announcement reflects our mutual conviction about the central importance of information and technology for the future of a robust global civil society -- and it also promises an exciting future for our international network of GuideStars," said Buzz Schmidt, founder and head of GuideStar International.
Such a distribution is rightly viewed by global civil society networks as unacceptably high, as it is both unjust and undermines development progress, she said.
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