Thomas Davies, NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society
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International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) have played an important role in shaping society since long before the 20th century. In his book, Thomas Davies seeks to provide a new perspective on the development and transformation of transnational civil society by analyzing the “deep historical roots” (p. 5) of both the Western and Eastern origins of INGOs. He subdivides the historical development into three distinctive waves and provides an analytical framework that allows for a close examination of the underlying dynamics. Davies, a senior lecturer in International Politics, presents a highly readable book that offers a thorough analysis on the evolution of transnational civil society and the factors influencing it over the last few decades.
NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society is organized into three main chapters. While the short introduction states the aim of the book and sets out the structure, the first chapter, Emergence to 1914, examines the historical...