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November 2008


This short (3000 word) essay is intended to be a chapter in a book on globalization aimed at undergraduates, answering certain globalization questions in short yes/no chapters. Under certain circumstances international NGOs, when they treat themselves as "global civil society," make claims about representativeness and intermediation with respect to the "peoples of the world" in relation to international organizations and the international community. This short, simplified account of global civil society expresses considerable skepticism about such claims.

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