NGOs And Civil Society: Democracy By Proxy / Edition 1

NGOs And Civil Society: Democracy By Proxy / Edition 1

by Ann Hudock
     
 

This accessible book provides a concise introduction to the way in which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work. By bringing together a range of literature - including ideas from international relations and organizational analysis - Hudock is able to develop a new conceptual framework for understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of NGOs as they operate

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This accessible book provides a concise introduction to the way in which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work. By bringing together a range of literature - including ideas from international relations and organizational analysis - Hudock is able to develop a new conceptual framework for understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of NGOs as they operate in the development field.

Healthy democracy depends on a strong and vibrant civil society. NGOs have a central role to play in this process, especially those which empower disadvantaged and under-represented groups. However, Hudock shows that over recent years, NGOs have become heavily dependent on development agencies and governments for their funding, jeopardizing their effectiveness. The book argues that we need a thorough organizational and political understanding of the way in which NGOs in the north and south work in order to comprehend fully both the opportunities they can offer and the serious constraints under which they operate. Using many examples and two case studies, Hudock highlights the difficulties faced by NGOs and outlines possible solutions for the future.

NGOs and Civil Society will be indispensable reading for all those studying the role of NGOs in development studies, international relations and the sociology of development, as well as for practitioners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745616490
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hudock works in the Department of State (US Government) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Table of Contents

Glossary.

1. Non-Governmental Organizations: Pawns or Practitioners.

2. The Ties that Bind: Northern NGOs' Relationships withSouthern NGOs.

3. Analysing Institutional Interdependence: A ConceptualFramework.

4. Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune: Northern NGOs'Capacity Building Support for Southern NGOs.

5. Cascading Conditionalities and the Role of InternationalOrganizations in Capacity Building.

6. Sierra Leone and The Gambia: Case Studies of NGOInterdependence.

7. Sustainable Idealism: Innovative Financing Strategies andNGOs' Contribution to Civil Society Development.

8. Conclusions: 'Just Say No': Strengthening Southern NGOs'Capacity to Contribute to Civil Society.

References.

Index.

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