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The World Social Forum and the Challenges of Global Democracy

Smith, Jackie (2004) The World Social Forum and the Challenges of Global Democracy. Global Networks, 4 (3).

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Abstract

Protests against economic globalization helped give birth to the World Social Forum (WSF) as a space for civil society groups to coordinate actions and articulate shared visions for global change. Since 2001 the WSF has brought together hundreds of thousands of activists from all parts of the world. But creating an inclusive political space that is also effective at generating unified action has proved challenging. This article explores the central tensions in the 2004 WSF and explores the possibilities for the Forum to overcome these obstacles and expand global democracy.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Smith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH
Date: October 2004
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Global Networks
Volume: 4
Number: 3
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 19:12
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26751

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