Routledge handbook of NGOs and international relations (2019)

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"Offering insights from pioneering new perspectives in addition to well-established traditions of research and pioneering new perspectives, 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 Organisation (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 IR 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 issue area of contemporary International Relations. Each chapter incorporates discussions of the categories of NGOs in the respective issue areas, the range of approaches to the issues, the strategies used, and their influence. - Explanation of the significant regional variations among NGOs including the variety of NGOs present, the nature of their activities, their influence in the region, and how regional contexts influences the nature and impact of NGOs. - Analysis of the ways NGOs address authoritarianism, terrorism, and challenges to democracy, terrorism, austerity, and how they NGOs handle concerns surrounding their own legitimacy and accountability"--