NGOs in International Politics

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In Part 1 of the book, the authors discuss nongovernmental organizations in light of IR theories, survey the development of NGOs, and highlight their relations with states, international organizations, and international politics overall. The case studies in Part 2 develop the issues outlined in the first part. The concluding chapter both summarizes the main themes presented in the previous chapters and addresses a range of emerging issues.

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Shamima Ahmed is professor of political science at Northern Kentucky University. David M. Potter is professor of international relations in the Department of Policy Studies at Nanzan University.

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Defining NGOs turns out to be a key problem in determining what they are and what they do. Organizations are often called NGOs with little concern for clarity of meaning. Scholars tend to define them in ways that suit their particular research agendas. NGOs themselves sometimes use different definitions; for example, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is defined as a nongovernmental humanitarian agency, the last word denoting an intermediate status between NGO and intergovernmental organization (IGO). PVO (private voluntary organization) is sometimes used in the United States and is synonymous with NGO used in other countries. Today, NPO (nonprofit organization) and NGO are used nearly synonymously in the United States, although that is not always the case elsewhere in the world, and this book makes a distinction between them.

This book adopts the UN definition of NGOs: "Any international organization which is not established by inter-governmental agreement shall be considered as an NGO." The only constraints are that a NGO cannot be profit making; it cannot advocate the use of violence; it cannot be a school, a university, or a political party; and any concern with human rights must be general rather than restricted to a particular communal group, nationality, or country. This book also distinguishes between Northern NGOs (NNGOs) based in the industrial democracies and Southern NGOs (SNGOs) based in developing countries because the distinction aids clarity of meaning in some of the discussions below.

For purposes of this book, then, neither government agencies nor corporations are NGOs. The definition also excludes political parties, religious groups per se, private hospitals, and schools, which better fit the broader category of nonprofit organization. It also excludes organizations such as sports clubs and fraternal organizations because they are not concerned with economic and political development issues. Finally, the term is not as broad as non-state actor as conventionally used in international relations. The latter term includes multinational corporations (MNCs), organized crime groups, international producer cartels like OPEC, and organizations like the Palestine Liberation Organization that are not states but are not usually understood to be NGOs.

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