Synopses & Reviews
The Arab Spring put non-governmental public action centre-stage in the drive for greater social justice. Governments, politicians and international institutions increasingly court non-governmental public actors, engaging them in policy dialogue, inviting them to participate in the delivery of social services, and looking to them to re-invigorate democratic politics. This unique collection explores the different organizational forms, strategies and tactics that activists adopt to pursue social justice goals and analyses how histories of resistance impinge on contemporary activism in both positive and negative ways. The authors examine how established corporatist trades unions struggle to reform as new forms of labour resistance challenge their legitimacy and proximity to government. They analyse how non-governmental public actors negotiate various 'civil society dilemmas' that emerge in the new spaces for collaboration opened up by government, focusing particularly on threats to their values, autonomy and legitimacy. They also explore the efforts of non-governmental public actors to secure greater justice in the sphere of production and distribution, be that through co-operatives or through consumer rights activism around access to essential drugs.
About the Author
Jude Howell is Professor in International Development at the London School of Economics and Politics, UK and was the former director of the Centre for Civil Society (2003-2010). She has written extensively on civil society, development policy, security and gender, and China. Her recent books include The Global War on Terror, Aid and Civil Society (with Jeremy Lind, 2009) and Civil Society Under Strain (2010).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; J.Howell
2. Social Justice on the Shop Floor: Trade Union Reform in Russia, China and Vietnam; T.Pringle
3. From Corporatist to Autonomous: Unemployed Workers' Organisations and the Re-Making of Labour Subjectivity in Argentina; A.Dinerstein
4. Analysing Activist Cultures in the Egyptian Workers' Movement; A.Alexander
5. The Role and Potential of Co-operatives in the Poverty Reduction Process; J.Birchall and R.Simmons
6. NGOs, Consumer Rights and Access to Essential Medicines: Non-governmental Public Action in a Low Income Market Context; P.G.M.Mujinja, M.Koivusalo, M.Mackintosh and S.Chaudhuri
7. Surviving the 'Civil Society Dilemma': Critical Partners in Shaping the Behaviour of Non-Governmental Actors; M.arilyn Taylor, J.Howard and C.Miller
8. Citizen Engagement in Public Health Service Delivery: From Collaboration to Accountability; G.Blanco-Mancilla
9. Analysing Partnership in Aid Chains: A Case-study of the Catholic Church; S.Morse and N.McNamara
10. Conclusion; J.Howell