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