Government–NGO Relationships in Africa, Asia, Europe and MENA
This volume brings together some of the most recent scholarship on government and civil society. It examines the axis of the relationship between national governments and civil society organisations (NGOs) by highlighting commonalities as well as differences among four key regions in the world. Using the stability vs. instability framework, the book explores a range of pertinent issues, including human rights, development, foreign policy, state-building, regime change, governance frameworks, wars and civil liberties. It studies diverse situations, from those entailing comprehensive cooperation to those involving politically contentious and revolutionary activities.
With case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of political science, global politics, international relations, sociology, development studies, global governance and public policy, as well as to those in the development sector and NGOs.
1. Dynamics of Interaction between Governments and Civil Society Organizations Part I: AFRICA 2. African Uprisings, Labour and Ideology in an Era of Renewed Economic Crisis: The Case of South Africa 3. Cooperation, Competition or Confusion? International Donors, the State, and Women Civil Society Organisations in Burundi and Liberia 4. A Multi-Stakeholder Governance Framework for Improved Value Chain Support Policies: The Case of Ghana Part II: ASIA 5. The Relationship between NGOs and Think Tanks with Government in China 6. India Civil Society: Beyond the Cooperation–Competition Binary 7. The NGO–Government Relations in Malaysia: Challenges and Opportunities Part III: EUROPE 8. The Third Sector Entering The First: Cooperation and Competition of Civil Society, State and Oligarchs after Euromaidan in Ukraine 9. Government–Civil Society Synergy in Italian Foreign Policy 10. Local Struggles and Global Rebounds. Civil Society vs. Political Authorities in Romania Part IV: MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA 11. Women’s Rights and NGOs in the Post-Uprisings Egypt 12. Confrontation Co-Optation and Cooperation: Civil Society in Post-War Lebanon 13. The Children of the Egyptian Revolution: From Contentious Politics to the Corrosion of Civility
‘One of the brilliantly conducted analyses of the development of non-state actors, represented by civil society structures. The book perfectly illustrates the growing activity of civil society in the world, connected not only with involvement in world politics, but also its emergence as a political protagonist, which shapes world politics. The authors carefully study the forms, nature and processes of civil society interaction with state structures and show that these processes can take place differently at the local and national levels. Theoretical grounds and concrete examples are in the focus.
The undoubted merit of the authors is that they were not limited to one country or one region, but show that the processes indicated by them, although in different ways, with different speeds, flow around the world, covering Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Despite the fact that the book covers almost all the continents except the Americas and Australia the focus of the study was on developing countries. This is not accidental. The processes of interaction of society with states in developed countries are analyzed in scientific literature, while what happens outside the most developed countries remains poorly understood. The authors of the book have successfully filled this gap.’
Marina Lebedeva, Professor and Head, World Politics Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia
‘In recent times, the state has harnessed civil society organisations to deliver social goods, civil society has transcended national boundaries and gone global, and CSOs have become professionalised. These developments have immeasurably complicated the relationship between the state and civil society. Raffaele Marchetti has brought together gifted scholars and activists to explore new facets of this relationship, making for an invaluable contribution to the literature.’
Neera Chandhoke, former Professor of Po