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Network Institutionalism and NGO Studies.

  • Academic Journal
  • International Studies Perspectives. Nov2012, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p366-389. 24p.
  • Understanding the institutional identity (as opposed to the organizational one) of non-governmental organizations ( NGOs) within structures of global governance is the main theme underpinning this work. Studies documenting the quantitative rise of the NGO sector in world politics have largely neglected the qualitative impact of that development. The institutional identity of NGOs is particularly important when considering the NGOs in light of the new links and relationships they have created with state-centric structures of world politics. To this end, this article offers network institutionalism as a theoretical tool to address that gap and to serve as a bridge between NGO studies and international relations ( IR). In an effort to develop an institutional perspective on NGO studies, the article integrates network theories with historical and sociological strands of the new institutionalism. Building on this theoretical discussion, and after introducing the key assumptions of network institutionalism, it offers four broad clusters of research directions for further NGO studies as a way to think about future NGO studies in a more comprehensive manner while also stimulating new research directions that can strengthen the study of NGOs and the study of IR. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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