By Sara Kalm, Anders Uhlin (auth.)
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There are two aspects from the classic literature on opposition that we however want to retain. First, opposition is understood as directed towards a speciﬁc and identiﬁable target, usually the government or regime. The concept of opposition does not stand for itself but depends on the existence of a power that it counters: ‘Logically, organically and morphologically opposition is the dialectic counterpart of power’ (Ionescu and de Madariaga 1972: 10). This corresponds to our ambition to grasp activities directed at particular GGIs.
As already mentioned, the academic literature on civil society in global governance has been marked by a division between those that are mainly concerned with institutional design and those concerned with CSO agency. The latter, ‘bottom-up’, approach has also been divided between those concentrating on the strategies and inﬂuence of CSO ‘insiders’ and those concerned with CSOs’ ‘outside’ protests. What we aim to do is to contribute to the ‘bottom-up’ approach precisely by ﬁnding a way of capturing the interactions and strategies of both sets of actors (insiders and outsiders) that target a GGI.
As its darker counterpart, the ‘international’ has traditionally been perceived as everything the domestic is not: war, anarchy, raw power struggles, endless recurrence and the impossibility of progress (Walker 1993). This inﬂuences the supply of analytical conceptual tools so that the researcher who wishes to describe elements of order and institutionalization at the international arena must necessarily toil with concepts that were originally developed domestically. There is no way around it but to adjust the terms and provide modiﬁed deﬁnitions, which is precisely what we strive to do with opposition in global governance.
Civil Society and the Governance of Development: Opposing Global Institutions by Sara Kalm, Anders Uhlin (auth.)