Global Civil Society Knowledgebase
The Global Civil Society Knowledgebase is an online database of the LSE Global Civil Society Programme's policy-oriented research expertise. It includes the content of nearly a decade of Global Civil Society Yearbooks, allowing academics, civil society practitioners, policymakers and journalists across the globe to quickly access a wealth of information on global civil society as an increasingly influential source of power and political influence in today's interconnected world.
It is a decade since the debut of the landmark Global Civil Society yearbook. During that time, as the yearbook has attempted to debate, map and measure the shifting contours of this contested phenomenon, relationships between state and society have shifted. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, from the instigation of the International Criminal Court by a coalition of NGOs to the mass protests of civilians across North Africa, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount.
In this anniversary edition, activists and academics look back on ten years of 'politics from below', and ask whether it is merely the critical gaze upon the concept that has changed - or whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating.
Using the Knowledgebase
The articles in our Global Civil Society Knowledgebase are organized both in their traditional form, as chapters in the annual Global Civil Society Yearbook, and by themes. Additionally, articles and excerpts can be browsed both by region and by keyword, or you can perform a full text search on the search page.