Abstract and Keywords
Over the last three decades, transnational civil society (TCS) gained status as a legitimate player in the global policy arena, across policy issues such as health, human rights, and development, and in stages of the global policy process, including agenda setting, problem definition, and monitoring/evaluation. However, TCS grapples with challenges related to power and authority relationships, democratic structures and values, and long-term effectiveness and accountability. These challenges impede the ability of TCS to exert direct influence in global policy making. By increasing its capacity as a local, bridging actor, and by expanding participation across more policy issues and in additional stages of the policy process, TCS can achieve greater influence in global policy.
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