Transnational NGOs: A Cross-Sectoral Analysis of Leadership Perspectives

31 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2012 Last revised: 20 Dec 2012

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Margaret G. Hermann

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Jesse D. Lecy

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs; Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

George Mitchell

The City College of New York

Christiane Pagé

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Paloma Raggo

Carleton University

Hans Peter Schmitz

University of San Diego

Lorena Viñuela

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Date Written: December 18, 2012

Abstract

While the activities of transnational NGOs are today regular subject of academic study, our understanding of their basic workings and motives remains limited. Scholarship has often been focused on individual case studies of prominent organizations and successful campaigns within specific sectors, a bias limiting the generalizability of claims. Much of the research also takes place within particular disciplinary traditions and rarely capitalizes on the strength of an interdisciplinary approach. In addressing these limitations, this interview study surveyed a sample of leaders — mostly presidents and CEOs — from 152 TNGOs registered in the United States and selected on the basis of size, sector and fiscal health. Leaders were asked about their views on questions of governance, effectiveness, accountability, networking, and leadership. We find that perceptions captured in this interview study are frequently at considerable variance with the academic literature.

Keywords: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), transnationalism, civil society, leadership, mixed-method, elite interviews

Suggested Citation

Hermann, Margaret G. and Lecy, Jesse D. and Mitchell, George and Pagé, Christiane and Raggo, Paloma and Schmitz, Hans Peter and Viñuela, Lorena, Transnational NGOs: A Cross-Sectoral Analysis of Leadership Perspectives (December 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2191082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2191082

Margaret G. Hermann

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Jesse D. Lecy

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ
United States

Maxwell School of Syracuse University ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Public Management and Policy
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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

George Mitchell (Contact Author)

The City College of New York ( email )

160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
United States

Christiane Pagé

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Paloma Raggo

Carleton University ( email )

1125 colonel By Drive
Ottawa
Canada

Hans Peter Schmitz

University of San Diego ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Lorena Viñuela

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

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