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"Building Transnational Networks tells the tale of the way a extensive crew of civil society firms got here jointly to contest unfastened exchange negotiations within the Americas. according to examine in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the USA, and Canada, it bargains an entire hemispheric research of the construction of civil society networks as they engaged within the politics of alternate. the writer demonstrates that almost all effective Read more...

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Second, a purely economic and static interest-based account does not explain the collaborative linkages created between actors in developed and developing countries, nor does it allow us to understand how organizations that compete for similar pools of jobs, such as the different national labor federations, sometimes can collaborate. A domestic approach to trade coalition building based on actors’ fi xed short-term interests tells us only a small part of the story, and not the most interesting one.

In general terms, transnational framing has been easier as part of campaigns that rally opposition to a specific multilateral agreement, such as the MAI, than in cases when CSOs try to explain what they stand for and come up with alternative proposals. True as this may be, however, attempts have been made to go beyond specific claims, reproaches, complaints, and accusations, in order to reach a coherent set of demands and norms that target longer-term changes in global governance. 3 represent the different degrees to which actors participate in the debates about alternatives by domesticating frames, or by orienting them primarily to the international arena, and whether these consist of short-term claims or longer-term projects.

In general terms, transnational framing has been easier as part of campaigns that rally opposition to a specific multilateral agreement, such as the MAI, than in cases when CSOs try to explain what they stand for and come up with alternative proposals. True as this may be, however, attempts have been made to go beyond specific claims, reproaches, complaints, and accusations, in order to reach a coherent set of demands and norms that target longer-term changes in global governance. 3 represent the different degrees to which actors participate in the debates about alternatives by domesticating frames, or by orienting them primarily to the international arena, and whether these consist of short-term claims or longer-term projects.

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