Linking NGO Accountability and the Legitimacy of Global Governance

Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, pp. 1011-1073, 2011

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 240

64 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2011  

Dana Brakman Reiser

Brooklyn Law School

Claire Kelly

Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: July 11, 2011

Abstract

Concerns are often raised over whether international government organizations suffer from a democracy deficit, and sometimes the participation of NGOs in these entities is offered as a cure for this ill. However, to serve such an ameliorative role, perhaps NGOs need to themselves be composed and governed transparently, deliberatively, participatorily. What should be done when these goals conflict? Current domestic nonprofit law, which forms the basis for how NGOs are structured internally, attempts to create an effective and enforceable regime of nonprofit accountability. This paper asks whether these governance and accountability frameworks offered by domestic law, particularly but not exclusively in the U.S., provide sufficient content to appropriately regulate and incentivize NGOs working internationally.

Keywords: international, NGOs, non profit, governance, accountability, legitimacy

Suggested Citation

Brakman Reiser, Dana and Kelly, Claire, Linking NGO Accountability and the Legitimacy of Global Governance (July 11, 2011). Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, pp. 1011-1073, 2011; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 240. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883701

Dana Brakman Reiser

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Claire Kelly (Contact Author)

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

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