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  • Academic Journal
  • Sosiologisk tidsskrift; 2010, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p333-354, 22p
  • The massive growth in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and International Non- Governmental Organizations (INGOs) is one of the most important features on the international scene. In the literature, there are two main approaches to INGOs as a phenomenon, one of them arguing that these organizations represent social processes «from below». Conceptualized as part of (global) civil society, INGOs are important because they represent an alternative to the political system. The other approach is a more critical perspective of INGOs and of the normative argumentation that characterizes this field of research, especially the parallel that is constructed between these organizations and the civil society. Here, I argue that both the civil society tradition and the critical approach provide important insights into research on INGOs, but they do not adequately explain the growing importance of the phenomenon. Hence, I suggest a reinterpretation of INGOs based on the relation between an emerging world society and a political system that is differentiated in nation-states. Through the concepts 'resonance' and 'semantic interoperability', I illuminate how expectations on collective problem-solving are created. My thesis is that INGOs must be understood as a response to a growing need for global collective action. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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