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Handbook of Research on NGOs

Edited by Aynsley Kellow, Professor Emeritus of Government, University of Tasmania and Hannah Murphy-Gregory, Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Australia
This volume provides a critical overview of research on Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). While it notes that the definition of NGOs is contested, and can include both business and national groups, it focuses primarily on international NGOs engaged with human rights, social and environmental concerns, and aid and development issues. With contributions by Peter Willetts, Tom Davies, Bob Reinalda and other leading scholars, it provides a series of critical essays on both general aspects of NGOs and significant issues of particular concern.
Extent: 488 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 167 8
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
This volume provides a critical and stimulating overview of research on Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). While it notes that the definition of NGOs is contested, and can include both business and national groups, it focuses primarily on international NGOs engaged with human rights, social and environmental concerns, and aid and development issues.

The Handbook of Research on NGOs features contributions from Peter Willetts, Tom Davies, Bob Reinalda, Jutta Joachim and other key international authors. It provides readers with a series of thought provoking essays on both the general aspects of NGOs and significant issues of particular concern.

This Handbook places NGOs in both historical and contemporary contexts, making it a valuable read for academics and research students seeking a detailed survey of the field. NGO practitioners looking to understand their operating environment in greater depth would also benefit from reading this important book.
‘This Handbook covers key issues relating to NGOs. Each chapter either addresses one topic or focuses on one specific area of expertise, from gender to the environment, from tax to religion. By engaging with such timely subjects, the book motivates readers to dwell on what NGOs in fact have capacity for and the extent to which, if at all, they can remain independent and impartial in their work. In this respect, the Handbook of Research on NGOs provides insightful analyses and furthers readers’ understanding of NGOs.’
– Ebru Demir, LSE Review of Books

‘This very timely volume systematically analyses the roles of, and illustrates the range of issues addressed by, the array of NGOs that have burgeoned in recent decades as increasingly competent citizens aspire to shape international policy and practice, and as demands for governance exceed the capacities of national governments.’
– Christopher Rootes, University of Kent, UK

‘This book provides just what a Handbook should: key debates concerning international NGOs and global politics; au courant insights and sources; and topnotch contributors from around the world. For those seeking orientation – or re-orientation – to the study of NGOs, one could not ask for a better guide.’
– Clifford Bob, Duquesne University, US
Contributors: E.A. Bloodgood, T. Davies, T. Doyle, A. Elbra, H. Elsenhans, P. Fountain, F. Gale, J. Greenwood, C. Hsu, J. Joachim, M. Juul Petersen, A. Kellow, K. Martens, A. Mihr, H. Murphy-Gregory, D. Redeker, B. Reinalda, K. Ronit, J. Siméant-Germanos, A.C. Vakil, H. Warnecke-Berger, P. Willetts
Contents:

Preface
1. NGOs and global politics
Aynsley Kellow and Hannah Murphy-Gregory

PART I INTRODUCTION TO NGOs
2. The historical development of NGOs
Thomas Davies

3. NGOs in the History of Intergovernmental Organizations
Bob Reinalda

4. NGOs as Insider Participants: Evolution of the role of NGOs at the United Nations
Peter Willetts

5. A Return to the Classification Problem: Revising a Framework for Studying NGOs
Anna C. Vakil

6. Quantifying NGOs
Elizabeth A. Bloodgood

PART II GLOBAL POLICY AREAS
7. NGOs and gender equality
Jutta Joachim

8. Non-Governmental Development Organisations
Hartmut Elsenhans and Hannes Warnecke-Berger

9. NGOs and global economic policy institutions
Hannah Murphy-Gregory

10. NGOs and human rights
Anja Mihr

11. NGOs and climate politics
Aynsley Kellow

12. The Rise of Tax Justice NGOs and the New Politics of Corporate Taxation
Ainsley Elbra

13. Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations
Timothy Doyle

14. The Multiple Dilemmas of Consumer Associations in Global Politics
Karsten Ronit

PART III SOME ISSUES
15. NGOs and accountability
Dennis Redeker and Kerstin Martens

16. NGOs and private governance/certification challenges
Fred Gale

17. Going global: French NGOs “without borders”
Johanna Siméant-Germanos

18. The Rise of NGOs in the People’s Republic of China
Carolyn L. Hsu

19. NGOs in the European Union
Justin Greenwood

20. NGOs and Religion: Instrumentalisation and its Discontents
Philip Fountain and Marie Juul Petersen

21. NGOs and multi-level, multi-arena governance
Aynsley Kellow and Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Index