1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations

Edited By Thomas Davies Copyright 2019
    684 Pages
    by Routledge

    684 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Offering insights from pioneering new perspectives in addition to well-established traditions of research, this Handbook considers the activities not only of advocacy groups in the environmental, feminist, human rights, humanitarian, and peace sectors, but also the array of religious, professional, and business associations that make up the wider non-governmental organization (NGO) community.

    Including perspectives from multiple world regions, the book takes account of institutions in the Global South, alongside better-known structures of the Global North. International contributors from a range of disciplines cover all the major aspects of research into NGOs in International Relations to present:

    • a comprehensive overview of the historical evolution of NGOs, the range of structural forms and international networks

    • coverage of major theoretical perspectives

    • illustrations of how NGOs are influential in every prominent issue-area of contemporary International Relations

    • evaluation of the significant regional variations among NGOs and how regional contexts influence the nature and impact of NGOs

    • analysis of the ways NGOs address authoritarianism, terrorism, and challenges to democracy, and how NGOs handle concerns surrounding their own legitimacy and accountability.

    Exploring contrasting theories, regional dimensions, and a wide range of contemporary challenges facing NGOs, this Handbook will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners alike.

    Introducing NGOs and International Relations  PART I: History and Contributions  1. The Emergence of NGOs as Actors on the World Stage  2. NGOs’ Interactions with States  3. NGOs in Global Governance  4. Transnational Non-State Politics  PART II: Theory and Analysis  5. Constituting NGOs  6. Rationalist Explanations for NGOs  7. NGOs and Post-Positivism: Two Likely Friends?  8. NGOs in Constructivist International Relations Theory  9. The Aesthetic Politics of NGOs  10. NGOs and Social Movement Theory  11. International NGOs in Development Studies  12. NGOs and Management Studies  13. NGOs in International Law: Reconsidering Personality and Participation (again)  14. Voluntaristics: Global Research on NGOs and the Non-Profit Sector  15. Primary Data on NGOs: Pushing the Bounds of Present Possibilities  PART III: Issue-Areas and Sectors  16. Feminist Politics and NGO Mobilization: Can NGOs Degender Global Governance?  17. NGOs and Labour  18. NGOs and Human Rights  19. Humanitarian NGOs  20. Five Generations of NGOs in Education: From Humanitarianism to Global Capitalism  21. The Roles of the Citizen Sector in Health and Public Health  22. NGOs and Peace  23. NGOs and the Environment  24. Civil Society, Expert Communities, and Private Standards  25. An Uncomfortable Relationship: NGOs, Trade Associations, and the Development of Industry Self-Regulation  26. NGOs and Global Trade  27. NGOs and Professions  28. Religiously Affiliated NGOs  PART IV: Regional Perspectives  29. Transnational NGOs in the United States  30. NGOs in the European Union  31. The Non-Profit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia  32. NGOs in East and Southeast Asia  33. NGOs, Democracy and Development in Latin America  34. Civil Societies and NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa: The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia  35. NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials, Constraints and Diverging Experiences  36. NGOs in South Asia  PART V: Contemporary Challenges  37. Democracy and NGOs  38. NGOs and Authoritarianism  39. NGOs and Security in Conflict Zones  40. NGOs and the Challenge of Global Terrorism  41. International NGO Legitimacy: Challenges and Responses  42. NGO Accountability


    Thomas Davies is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London. He researches NGOs, social movements, global governance, and transnational history. His publications include NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society and The Possibilities of Transnational Activism.