Beyond Good Intentions: Responsible and Effective Advocacy in the Digital Age


Abstract: Three important new books explore events like these and the dynamics of transnational advocacy and humanitarianism in the Internet age. In these three books, several crosscutting themes about transnational advocacy emerge. One is the locus of advocacy and what role international actors can and should play in supporting local actors on the ground. A second theme that the books tackle is the relative place of norms and treaties as the vehicle for achieving change in the world, as well as other forms of action such as entrepreneurial service provision. A final theme that comes through is the role played by technological change in facilitating the extraterritorial reach of transnational advocates and humanitarians.

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About Joshua Busby

Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a non-resident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Dr. Busby has published widely on transnational advocacy movements, climate change, global health, and other topics for various think tanks and academic journals including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and Perspectives on Politics. His first book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His second book (with Ethan Kapstein) AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Don K. Price Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on science, technology, and environmental politics.