Transnational Advocacy And Action Network Essay

2144 Words Oct 31st, 2016 9 Pages
A growing trend in the international community is the growth of Transnational Advocacy networks or TANs. The goal of these networks are numerous, but ultimately boils down to inspiring change. (Dany 2014, 421) William Faulkner encouraged to “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the Earth.” We shall look into what are the characteristics of a TAN, what do they do, how they do it, and examples of successful TANs in the realm of human security. A transnational advocacy/action network is a conglomerate of highly organized activists bound together by their shared values, services and the spread of information. (Keck and Sinkkink 1998, 89) A transnational advocacy/action network (TAN) can be formed by different groups. This includes for example, groups of international nongovernmental organizations, domestic nongovernmental organizations, the media, churches, and trade unions can establish a TAN. (Keck and Sinkkink 1998, 92) Richard Price 2008, also refers to them as the civil society which are “privately organized citizens.”(580) The main focus of the conglomerate is the mass exchange of information to inspire policy change, thusly TANs are not limited by geographical borders. (Keck and Sinkkink 1998, 89) TANs formations are not erratic, and do not happen randomly. They are formed to accomplish an explicit goal,…

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