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The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue is Not Enough
     

The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue is Not Enough

by Peter A. Gourevitch (Editor)
 

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We rely on NGOs to monitor the ethical practices of governments and for-profit firms and to undertake many humanitarian tasks that public and private actors will not do. While we are critical of public and private sector failures, we do not reflect enough on the credibility of the NGOs which take their place. Can we be sure that products NGOs label as child-labor free

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We rely on NGOs to monitor the ethical practices of governments and for-profit firms and to undertake many humanitarian tasks that public and private actors will not do. While we are critical of public and private sector failures, we do not reflect enough on the credibility of the NGOs which take their place. Can we be sure that products NGOs label as child-labor free are in fact so, that the coffee labeled as 'fair trade' is farmed in sustainable ways, or that the working conditions monitored by NGOs are safe and that the wages are reasonable? Can we know that humanitarian organizations are, in fact, using our donations to alleviate human suffering rather than pursuing other goals? This book explores the problems of establishing the credibility of NGO activities as they monitor working conditions, human rights and elections and provide finance through microcredit institutions, development aid and emergency assistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107018044
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Peter A. Gourevitch is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and founding Dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

David A. Lake is Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and (Acting) Dean of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

Janice Gross Stein is Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

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