Linking NGO Accountability and the Legitimacy of Global Governance
Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, pp. 1011-1073, 2011
64 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 11, 2011
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
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