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Claiming Citizenship: Special Book Offer for CIVICUS Members

Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 23, 2010

The Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability is offering free copies of its two latest books to the first twenty members of the CIVICUS network to supply their mailing address. The only condition is that the books be made available widely within an institution.

Both books are timely as 140 leaders gathered in New York to discuss progress on the Millennium Development Goals, the most ambitious commitment ever made in the effort to fight poverty. Big questions face international development regarding how we will measure our success, and whether global civil society is properly equipped for new challenges?

Citizen Action and National Policy Reform: Making Change Happen (John Gaventa and Rosemary McGee, eds.) looks at how citizen activism can lead to changes in national policy. Which factors help make myriad efforts by diverse actors add up to reform? What is needed to overcome setbacks, and to consolidate the smaller victories? This book brings together eight studies of successful cases of citizen activism for national policy changes in South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, India and the Philippines. They detail the dynamics and strategies that have led to the introduction, change or effective implementation of policies responding to a range of rights deficits. Drawing on influential social science theory about how political and social change occurs, the book brings new empirical insights to bear on it, both challenging and enriching current understandings.

Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion (John Gaventa and Rajesh Tandon, eds.) explores how globalization has given rise to new meanings of citizenship. Just as they are tied by global production, trade and finance, citizens in every nation are linked by the institutions of global governance, which brings new dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. This expert new analysis presents case studies from cities and villages in India, South Africa, Nigeria, Philippines, Kenya, The Gambia, Brazil and South Africa to explore how new forms of global authority shape and build new meanings and practices of citizenship – across local, national and global arenas. For some, globalization has provided a new sense of global solidarity that has inspired them to join transnational movements and to mobilize to claim their rights. But for others, globalization has meant greater exposure to the power of global corporations, bureaucracies and scientific experts, adding new layers of exclusion.

To request a free copy, please write to Nicholas Benequista on n.benequista@ids.ac.uk. Just make sure to write quickly. Offer ends soon!

You can find out more about the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability on www.drc-citizenship.org

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