Measuring the Impact of NGOs on Intergovernmental Organisations
Chapter 2: The dialogue with the United Nations and the European Union
The extent to which NGOs and IGOs dialogue on issues of global concern constitutes a relevant factor in understanding the structure of decision-making and policy-making within the world governmental system. The existing dialogue with the universal organisation, the UN, and with the most advanced organisation, the EU, is proficiently explained through theories of deliberative democracy. The innovative character of such debate is the stress put on the process through which preferences are shaped and transformed and, more importantly, on their political implications: first, the mechanisms through which public deliberations occur; second, the relevance of the context that hosts discussions; and third, the aims that deliberations want to achieve, generally oriented to collective profit (Miller, 1992; Dryzek, 2000a, 2000b).
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