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Analysis and Synthesis -21st Century

Role and influence of civil society in 21st century global policy processes

Abstract This article analyses the role and influence of civil society in three recently instituted global  policy processes: G20, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and the High  Level Fora on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-AE). Distinct from more established international institutions, these 21st century processes are characterised by their relatively recent  emergence, country composition and very recent establishment of formal mechanism for civil  society involvement. As such, they offer important insights into the evolving, contemporary  role of civil society in a multi-polar world. Through time series content analysis of official  documents and participant observation, we explore: i) formal mechanisms for state-civil  society interaction, ii) the extent and ways in which leaders refer to civil society, and iii)  uptake of civil society recommendations related to development policy commitments. Our  initial findings suggest an embedded and influential role of civil society in HLF-AE  processes, a lagged but formalising position within the G20, and an emergent role with the BRICS – overall, an increasing but still incomplete recognition of civil society in 21st century  global policy processes. For full article please click on Role and influence of civil society in 21 st century global policy processes
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