Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics

| April 26, 2011

Title: Activists Beyond Borders : Advocacy Networks in International Politics
Authors: Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, c1998
Check it out! JF529 K43 1998

From the publisher: Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink examine a type of pressure group that has been largely ignored by political analysts: networks of activists that coalesce and operate across national frontiers. Their targets may be international organizations or the policies of particular states. Historical examples of such transborder alliances include anti-slavery and woman suffrage campaigns. In the past two decades, transnational activism has had a significant impact in human rights, especially in Latin America, and advocacy networks have strongly influenced environmental politics as well. The authors also examine the emergence of an international campaign around violence against women.

About the authors: Margaret E. Keck is Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Workers’ Party and Democratization in Brazil and the coauthor of Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society.

Kathryn Sikkink is McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science and Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her other books include, as author, Ideas and Institutions: Developmentalism in Brazil and Argentina and, as coeditor, Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms.

On the web:
“Offers valuable descriptive accounts of the role played by nonstate actors in the global issues arena, mostly in areas relating to human rights and the environment.”—The American Journal of International Law

“Activists beyond Borders is a searching exploration of advocacy networks, providing compelling accounts in areas such as human rights and environmental protection and an intriguing glimpse into the transnational politics of the twenty-first century.”—Robert O. Keohane, Duke University