Civil Society

Paul Wapner

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Civil Society

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This article shows how the approaches of the UN to non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society have evolved. It points out there have always been tensions between the world organization's state-centered character and its aspiration to represent all the citizens of the world. The main concern of this article is the enhanced legitimacy and accountability that come from involving civil society in intergovernmental deliberations and programs.

Keywords: non-government organizations; civil society; tensions; legitimacy; accountability; intergovernmental deliberations; programs

Article.  4631 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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