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Non-Governmental Organizations in World Politics

The Construction of Global Governance, 1st Edition

By Peter Willetts


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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Amnesty International and Oxfam to Greenpeace and Save the Children are now key players in global politics. This accessible and informative textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the significant role and increasing participation of NGOs in world politics.

Peter Willetts examines the variety of different NGOs, their structure, membership and activities, and their complex relationship with social movements and civil society. He makes us aware that there are many more NGOs exercising influence in the United Nations system than the few famous ones.

Conventional thinking is challenged in a radical manner on four questions:

  • the extent of the engagement of NGOs in global policy- making;
  • the status of NGOs within international law;
  • the role of NGOs as crucial pioneers in the creation of the Internet;
  • and the need to integrate NGOs within mainstream international relations theory.

This is the definitive guide to this crucial area within international politics and should be required reading for students, NGO activists, and policy-makers.


"A wise and amazingly succinct, scholarly, and highly readable analysis of the essential nature of NGOs and their increasingly prominent role in global politics. Willetts has made an insightful and constructive (in every sense) contribution to the literature on NGOs and, by extension, IR theory, international institutions, and global governance." -Yale H. Ferguson, Global Governance, Vol. 18, 2012

"A useful guide to NGOs and their roles in global politics." - Mariya Y. Omelicheva, Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 34

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. NGOs, Social Movements, and Civil Society 2. The Access of NGOs to Global Policy-Making 3. The Status of NGOs in International Law 4. NGOs, Networking and the Creation of the Internet 5. Understanding the Place of NGOs in Global Politics 6. The Creation of Global Governance

About the Author

Peter Willetts is Emeritus Professor of Global Politics at City University, London. His previous publications on NGOs include Pressure Groups in the Global System (London: Pinter, 1982) and the edited volume ‘The Conscience of the World:’ The Influence of Non-Governmental Organisations in the UN System (Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 1996).

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)