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Análisis Político

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MASSAL, Julie. Civil Society The International: A Global Power?. anal.polit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.61, pp.54-72. ISSN 0121-4705.

This article aims at sinthetizing different perpectives about the rol of internacional civil society (ICV) in the exercise of a global power. It refers to some anglosajon and european recent studies, both at theorical as empirical levels, in order to do an evaluation of the most critical results. Being esceptical about the very concept of ICV, it tries to analze it from different points of view, in order to respond the main problem: is it posible for the ICV to ejercize power at a global level, and which is its legitimity to resolve global issues. The analysis of the concept is based on some results of the clasical theory of civil society at a national level, but also examines specific dificulties to define an ICV and its funccions in a globalized world. Eventually, it presents some theoretical challenges which are linked with the relation between ICV and a global democatic order.

Keywords : Civil society; globalization; international relationships.

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