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NGO Influence in International Organizations: Information, Access, and Exchange

British Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming

53 Pages Posted: 26 May 2015  

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Lisa Maria Dellmuth

Stockholm University

Hans Agné

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Andreas K. Duit

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 26, 2015

Abstract

While there is broad consensus that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sometimes succeed in influencing policy-making within international organizations (IOs), there is much less agreement on the factors that make NGO lobbying effective. In this article, we make two contributions to this debate. First, we examine the determinants of influence among NGOs active in different IOs, issue areas, and policy phases. The analysis builds on original survey data of more than 400 NGOs involved in five different IOs, complemented by elite interviews with IO and state officials. Second, we advance a specific argument about how the strategic exchange of information and access between NGOs and IOs increases NGO influence in IOs. We contrast this argument, derived from theories of lobbying in American and European politics, with three alternative explanations of NGO influence, privileging material resources, transnational networks, and public-opinion mobilization, and sketch the broader implications of our results for research on NGOs in global governance.

Keywords: non-governmental organization, NGO, civil society organization, CSO, interest group, lobbying, advocacy, influence, impact, international organization, IO, United Nations, UN

Suggested Citation

Tallberg, Jonas and Dellmuth, Lisa Maria and Agné, Hans and Duit, Andreas K., NGO Influence in International Organizations: Information, Access, and Exchange (May 26, 2015). British Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2610545

Jonas Tallberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Lisa Maria Dellmuth

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

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Hans Agné

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stockholm, 106 91
Sweden

Andreas K. Duit

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stockholm, 106 91
Sweden

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