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Lost Causes: Agenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security

Charli Carpenter


Why do some issues and threats—diseases, weapons, human rights abuses, vulnerable populations—get more global policy attention than others? How do global activist networks decide the particular causes for which they advocate among the many problems in need of solutions? According to this book, the answer lies in the politics of global issue networks themselves. Building on surveys, focus groups, and analyses of issue network websites, the book concludes that network access has a direct relation to influence over how issues are ranked. Advocacy elites in nongovernmental and transnational organi ... More

Keywords: global activists, global issue networks, network access, infant male circumcision, civilian wartime deaths, fully autonomous weapons, killer robots, global human security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448850
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charli Carpenter, author
Professor of Political Science, the University of Massachusetts Amherst