"My book argues that individuals who move into transnational activism are both constrained and supported by domestic networks; that in making this move they activate transitional processes between states and international politics; and that when they return home, they bring with them new forms of action, new ways of framing domestic issues, and perhaps new identities that they may some day fuse domestic with international contention" (pp. 2-3).
The book raises three questions (p. 3):
- "To what extent and how does the expansion of transnational activism change the actors, the connections among them, the forms of claims making, and the prevailing strategies in contentious politics?"
- "Does the expansion of transnational activism and the links it establishes between nonstate actors, their states, and international politics create a new political arena that fuses domestic and international contention?"
- "IF so, how does this affect our inherited understanding of the autonomy of national politics from international politics?"
Internationalism: "a dense, triangular structure of relations among states, nonstate actors, and international institutions, and the opportunities this produces for actors to engage in collective action at different levels of this system" (p. 25).
Rooted Cosmopolitan: "Individuals and groups who mobilize domestic and international resources and opportunities to advance claims on behalf of external actors, against external opponents, or in favor of goals they hold in common with transnational allies" (p. 29).
Transnational activists: A subgroup of rooted cosmopolitans. Definition on p. 29.