1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations

ISBN 9781138285507
Published April 18, 2019 by Routledge
684 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introducing NGOs and International Relations

Thomas Davies

PART I: History and Contributions

1. The Emergence of NGOs as Actors on the World Stage

Norbert Götz

2. NGOs’ Interactions with States

Sarah S. Stroup

3. NGOs in Global Governance

Molly Ruhlman

4. Transnational Non-State Politics

Thomas Davies

PART II: Theory and Analysis

5. Constituting NGOs

William E. DeMars and Dennis Dijkzeul

6. Rationalist Explanations for NGOs

Youngwan Kim

7. NGOs and Post-Positivism: Two Likely Friends?

Jutta Joachim, Chris Nijhuis, and Andrea Schneiker

8. NGOs in Constructivist International Relations Theory

Christopher Marc Lilyblad

9. The Aesthetic Politics of NGOs

Holly Eva Ryan

10. NGOs and Social Movement Theory

Clare Saunders and Silke Roth

11. International NGOs in Development Studies

Helen Yanacopulos

12. NGOs and Management Studies

David Lewis

13. NGOs in International Law: Reconsidering Personality and Participation (again)

Math Noortmann

14. Voluntaristics: Global Research on NGOs and the Non-Profit Sector

David Horton Smith

15. Primary Data on NGOs: Pushing the Bounds of Present Possibilities

Elizabeth Bloodgood

PART III: Issue-Areas and Sectors

16. Feminist Politics and NGO Mobilization: Can NGOs Degender Global Governance?

Paulina García-Del Moral, Di Wang, and Myra Marx Ferree

17. NGOs and Labour

Bob Reinalda

18. NGOs and Human Rights

Marc Polizzi and Amanda Murdie

19. Humanitarian NGOs

Silke Roth

20. Five Generations of NGOs in Education: From Humanitarianism to Global Capitalism

Will Brehm and Iveta Silova

21. The Roles of the Citizen Sector in Health and Public Health

Paul Gaist and Victoria Chau

22. NGOs and Peace

Margarita H. Petrova

23. NGOs and the Environment

Naghmeh Nasiritousi

24. Civil Society, Expert Communities, and Private Standards

Alejandro M. Peña

25. An Uncomfortable Relationship: NGOs, Trade Associations, and the Development of Industry Self-Regulation

Jonathan Doh, Tazeeb Rajwani, and Thomas Lawton

26. NGOs and Global Trade

Erin Hannah and James Scott

27. NGOs and Professions

Raquel Rego

28. Religiously Affiliated NGOs

Karsten Lehmann

PART IV: Regional Perspectives

29. Transnational NGOs in the United States

George E. Mitchell

30. NGOs in the European Union

Matthias Freise

31. The Non-Profit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

David Horton Smith, Alisa V. Moldavanova, and Svitlana Krasynska

32. NGOs in East and Southeast Asia

Lei Xie and Joshua Garland

33. NGOs, Democracy and Development in Latin America

Inés M. Pousadela

34. Civil Societies and NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa: The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia

Sarah Ben Néfissa

35. NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials, Constraints and Diverging Experiences

Hans Holmén

36. NGOs in South Asia

Patrick Kilby

PART V: Contemporary Challenges

37. Democracy and NGOs

Sarah Sunn Bush

38. NGOs and Authoritarianism

Andrew Heiss

39. NGOs and Security in Conflict Zones

Daniela Irrera

40. NGOs and the Challenge of Global Terrorism

Omi Hodwitz

41. International NGO Legitimacy: Challenges and Responses

Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre and Hans Peter Schmitz

42. NGO Accountability

Angela Crack

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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.


"This timely and important book provides a comprehensive and compelling look at the role of NGOs in international relations. Pushing against disciplinary silos, it brings together a first rate group of scholars to reflect upon the role of NGOs in a vast number of issue areas and regions of the world. It is essential reading for everyone interested in ‘politics beyond the state’."  Erin Hannah, King's University College, Western University, Canada.

"An comprehensive and timely collection of essays about the growing and crucial role of non-state actors in world politics. Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations has insights for politicians, pundits, and the public as well as analysts of global governance. This excellent overview provides one-stop shopping for a phenomenon that challenges the contours of our understanding about contemporary transnational interactions." Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA.