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The NGO Scramble: Organizational Insecurity and the Political Economy of Transnational Action

The NGO Scramble: Organizational Insecurity and the Political Economy of Transnational Action Alexander Cooley and The NGO Scramble James Ron Organizational Insecurity and the Political Economy of Transnational Action Scholarly assessments of transnational actors are largely optimistic, suggesting they herald an emerg- ing global civil society comprising local civic groups, international organiza- tions (IOs), and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs). This newcivil society, moreover, is widely assumed to rest upon shared liberal norms and values that motivate INGO action and explain their supposedly be- nign The NGO Scramble inºuence on international relations. Alexander Cooley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.James Ron is Canada Research Chair in Conºict and Human Rights, Department of Sociology, McGill University. A version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Associa- tion, NewOrleans, Louisiana, March 24–27, 2002. The authors are grateful for comments by Peter Andreas, Mark Blyth, Mlada Bukovansky, Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Kevin Hartigan, Patrick Jack- son, Paula Duarte Lopes, Larry Minear, Dominique Morel, Emma Naughton, Hendrik Spruyt, Jacques Stroun, Kellee Tsai, Peter Uvin, members of the nongovernmental organization commu- nity who have chosen to remain anonymous, and three anonymous reviewers for International Security. 1. For recent works, see John Boli and George M. Thomas, eds., http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Security MIT Press

The NGO Scramble: Organizational Insecurity and the Political Economy of Transnational Action

International Security , Volume 27 (1): 35 – Jul 1, 2002

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MIT Press
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© 2002 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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0162-2889
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1531-4804
DOI
10.1162/016228802320231217
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Abstract

Alexander Cooley and The NGO Scramble James Ron Organizational Insecurity and the Political Economy of Transnational Action Scholarly assessments of transnational actors are largely optimistic, suggesting they herald an emerg- ing global civil society comprising local civic groups, international organiza- tions (IOs), and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs). This newcivil society, moreover, is widely assumed to rest upon shared liberal norms and values that motivate INGO action and explain their supposedly be- nign The NGO Scramble inºuence on international relations. Alexander Cooley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.James Ron is Canada Research Chair in Conºict and Human Rights, Department of Sociology, McGill University. A version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Associa- tion, NewOrleans, Louisiana, March 24–27, 2002. The authors are grateful for comments by Peter Andreas, Mark Blyth, Mlada Bukovansky, Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Kevin Hartigan, Patrick Jack- son, Paula Duarte Lopes, Larry Minear, Dominique Morel, Emma Naughton, Hendrik Spruyt, Jacques Stroun, Kellee Tsai, Peter Uvin, members of the nongovernmental organization commu- nity who have chosen to remain anonymous, and three anonymous reviewers for International Security. 1. For recent works, see John Boli and George M. Thomas, eds.,

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International SecurityMIT Press

Published: Jul 1, 2002

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