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Non-governmental organizations and civic initiatives in South Eastern Europe: towards a transnational civil society?

Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A. (2005) Non-governmental organizations and civic initiatives in South Eastern Europe: towards a transnational civil society? Discussion papers, DP38. Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper argues that there is an emerging transnational civil society in South Eastern Europe even though civil society in the region like elsewhere in the post-Communist context remains weak. By analyzing projects linking groups or organizations from at least two countries in the region, which participate in conferences and public discussions, joint social research projects, training in democratic state-building, voluntary work and local cross-border cooperation, it shows that transnational ties have by and large been created among pro-European elites and among the young with Western funding. The creation of transnational links in the non-state sphere has unfolded despite obstacles posed by political instability, economic hardship and the diffusion of negative stereotypes among the nations in South Eastern Europe.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/global/
Additional Information: © 2005 Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: DP38
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2009 08:38
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/23372/

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