The Review of International Organizations

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 177–202 | Cite as

Looking in the mirror: Comparing INGO networks across issue areas

  • Amanda Murdie
  • David R. Davis


International Relations scholarship has begun to focus a great deal of attention on social networks and their influence on political outcomes. In this paper, we contribute to this effort by examining the network relationships of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) across four issues areas: the environment, health, human rights, and development. Using originally coded data on over 4000 INGOs, we find that the characteristics of network relations across the four areas are in fact quite different. Further, we find that these differences are driven in part by the characteristics of the INGOs, including whether they are located in the global North or South and their ties to intergovernmental organizations. Finally, we highlight the crucial “bridge” role of organizations that focus on a “hybrid” of multiple issue-areas within the overall network.


INGO Non-governmental organizations Networks Human rights Development Environment Health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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