In-Credible Government: Legitimacy, Democracy, and Non-Governmental Organizations
Public Organizations Review, Vol. 6, pp. 347-371, 2006
39 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2006
This article analyses emerging trans-global networks of governance that are coming to light within a post-democratic form of governance that relies upon specific technologies of credibility building, as opposed to universalistic mechanisms of representation. Using the NGO sector as a model, and using examples from fieldwork conducted in the unraveled contexts of Bosnia and Croatia, and the unraveling context of Ecuador over the past decade, we show how intervention within the global south and post conflict realms, although often couched using such master terms as democracy, development and freedom, are in fact geared towards the generation of political legitimacy and influence through relationships based upon the exchange of credibility.
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