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Organising principles for international advocacy associations

  • Dennis R. Young
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Abstract

Recent decades have witnessed a significant increase in the number of voluntary non-profit associations established to address solutions to major international social problems. Many of these associations concentrate on advocacy work, as opposed to service delivery, and are international in scope rather than based in a single country. This paper is concerned with the challenges to organising this particular type of voluntary association.

While rapid progress in communications and transportation technology has undoubtedly facilitated the development of these associations, such organisations still face formidable problems. The paper argues that international advocacy associations are successful when they adopt particular organisational structures and strategies to accommodate these problems. In particular, decentralised and federated structures appear to be more viable for the international advocacy arena.

This paper reviews relevant literature and elaborates on the theoretical expectations for successful structuring of international associations devoted to advocacy on global issues. Hypotheses are set forth and investigated in a preliminary way through the examination of case studies of three associations.

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Recent Decade Service Delivery Organisational Structure Social Problem Relevant Literature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis R. Young
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  1. 1.Mandel Centre for Nonprofit OrganizationsCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland

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