Non-Governmental Public Action

Venue: Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Event Date/Time: Jul 16, 2007 End Date/Time: Jul 20, 2007
Registration Date: Feb 14, 2007
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This workshop for doctoral students and recently completed post doctoral researchers is a unique opportunity to assess the impact of non-governmental public action in social and political transformation as well as economic development from an international comparative and multi-disciplinary perspective.

Nongovernmental public action will be addressed in a global context. Variously referred to as "the Third Sector", the "non-profit", "charitable" and the "Independent Sector" or as "civil society" and "l'economie sociale", there is a public domain that is distinguishable from conventional business and from the state. The workshop will address the transnational dimensions of this "domain". In international affairs, non state actors play an important role in policy advocacy, monitoring and service delivery. Transnational coalitions and global public-private partnerships have emerged and play a central role in multilateral aid flows.

The focus of the workshop is not just on NGOs, but on a broader range of formal and informal non-governmental actors and their networks. These might include advocacy networks, campaigns and coalitions, universities and research institutes, trades unions, peace groups, social forums, rights-based groups, social movements and business in the community initiatives.

At a theoretical level, the dimensions and processes of policy influence of non governmental actors at transnational levels have received scant attention. Questions concerning new domains of public action arise, as well as issues of democratic deliberation and accountabilities in "global civil society". The workshop will address the various organisational features of non governmental public action as well as the transnational processes of interaction with states, international organisations and other global actors.

The workshop will draw upon the research work undertaken through the Non Governmental Public Action programme funded by the (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the United Kingdom).