Civil Society and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: How do States Respond?

1st Edition

Claudia Kissling

Routledge
Published May 20, 2008
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780754673002 - CAT# Y236896
Series: Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance Series

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Summary

Since the end of the Cold War, globalization has brought new actors to the political arena. One of those which has attracted considerable attention in academic research is civil society or NGOs. Claudia Kissling addresses the topic of civil society participation in the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The regime qualifies well for this objective since it features, given its characteristics as a treaty regime in the international security field, notable legal avenues for civil society participation. The study takes on a twofold perspective. It addresses the empirical question of whether civil society can contribute to the evolution of regimes in the security field, especially when it comes to security cooperation. It also questions whether civil society can, under certain conditions, contribute to the democratic quality of international decision-making. Here, empirical findings are used in order to test normative political theories on the legitimacy and democracy of global institutions.

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