New Global Studies
Ed. by Chanda, Nayan / Iriye, Akira / Mazlish, Bruce / Sassen, Saskia
3 Issues per year
This comparative longitudinal study of efforts to promote the environmental sustainability of the Brazilian and the Ecuadorian Amazon regions re-examines the theory of transnational advocacy networks (TANs). In particular, this study challenges the assumption that local advocacy groups participating in TANs are empowered by the experience. As we enter a second decade of accumulated knowledge about transnational advocacy networks, empirical evidence suggests a murkier portrait of the impact of TANs on local activism. Local groups may indeed gain political power and technical capacity as a result of their participation in a TAN. They may also experience a reversal of their initial empowerment gains. Finally, local activist groups may undergo complete demobilization in the aftermath of their participation in a TAN. This study underscores the possibility that participation in global advocacy efforts may entail a variety of consequences for local activist organizations and attempts to explain this variance.