Global Governance

Participatory-DemocracyIn order to democratise governance at the global level, it is imperative to ensure that the voice of ordinary citizens, especially the most excluded, are heard and acted upon. What forms of direct citizen engagement in the arenas, platforms and mechanisms of global governance can promote this? Which of these forms and processes can be institutionalised? What mechanisms of democratic accountability can be enabled to make representative forms of global governance institutions accountable to the citizens of their own countries? Global Governance, Civil Society and Participatory Democracy: A View from Below answers these questions through the experiences of FIM Forum for Democratic Global Governance in democratising certain arenas and spaces of global governance. Such arenas are not only the powerful and global multilateral organisations of the UN system; they include supra-regional inter-governmental organisations such as the Commonwealth, the OIF, the OIC, as well as the G8, G20 and BRICS. The lessons of FIM’s engagement in the processes, challenges and outcomes of building democracy from below are relevant for civil society actors and policy makers alike. The book is a must read for all those engaged in facilitating, scaling-up and strengthening the mechanisms of participatory democracy in order to create global citizens who become agents of change for a better world.

Academic Foundation, 2014, ISBN: 9789332701496, 188 Pages, US$ 49.95

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