Development NGOs: Actors in a Global Civil Society or in a New International Social System?
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- Tvedt, T. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2002) 13: 363. doi:10.1023/A:1022010026305
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The international aid system forms a powerful structural force impacting organizational landscapes and civil societies all over the world in complex ways we do not yet understand. Dominant NGO research has failed to properly address this crucial issue, because of a conceptual, theoretical, and ideological tradition that is itself embedded in this very same system's normative, rhetorical agenda. This paper suggests some conceptual and theoretical approaches that should encourage more comparative research on the role of the development NGOs in shaping national and global civil societies