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From the ASEAN People's Assembly to the ASEAN Civil Society Conference: The boundaries of civil society advocacy

Gerard, K. (2013) From the ASEAN People's Assembly to the ASEAN Civil Society Conference: The boundaries of civil society advocacy. Contemporary Politics, 19 (4). pp. 411-426.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569775.2013.835113
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Abstract

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have asserted their claim for participation in regional governance in Southeast Asia through multiple forums held since the late-1990s. The two most enduring are the ASEAN People's Assembly (APA), organised by ASEAN-ISIS and held seven times from 2000 to 2009, and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC), organised by the Solidarity for Asian People's Advocacy network and held nine times from 2005 to the present. Through comparative analysis of the boundaries of CSO participation in these two events, this article explains why the APA was superseded by the ACSC, and it highlights states' growing intrusions into the ACSC. It argues that states' expanding repertoire of tactics to direct the ACSC has seen the structure of CSO participation in this event recast, challenging the view of the ACSC as an independent space for advocacy and indicating the hollowness of ASEAN's commitments to creating a 'people-oriented' Association.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright: Taylor and Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/19225
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