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NGO access to and involvement with institutions responsible for creating norms of international law suggests they have an effective role in global governance, but the concept of 'global governance' itself suffers from multiple meanings, and its conceptual vagueness causes confusion. This chapter explores three domains of legal and governance systems: society, economy and politics. Projected globally, these are reflected in three interrelated concepts in global governance discourse: global civil society (GCS), globalisation and democracy. First, it situates GCS and social movements within global governance. Second, the chapter investigates globalisation, its meanings and effects in context of global governance. Third, it examines theses on democratic deficits in international law. Finally, the chapter places international law within global governance and distinguishes global 'government'..

Keywords: democracy; global civil society (GCS); global governance; globalisation; international law; NGOs



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