Civil Society: Do NGOs Have Too Much Power?
This 3000 word essay is a chapter in a book on globalization aimed at undergraduates, answering certain globalization questions in short yes/no chapters. Under certain circumstances international NGOs, when they treat themselves as "global civil society," make claims about representativeness and intermediation with respect to the "peoples of the world" in relation to international organizations and the international community. This short, simplified account of global civil society expresses considerable skepticism about such claims.
Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations
Nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, Global civil society, United Nations, Legitimacy, Democracy, Globalization
Law | Organizations Law
Anderson, Kenneth. “Civil Society: Do NGOs Have Too Much Power?” In Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations, edited by Peter M. Haas, John A. Hird, and Beth McBratney, 364-370. Washington, DC : CQ Press, 2009.