Conceptualizing Government-Organized Non-Governmental Organizations

Journal of Civil Society 15 (2019)

19 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2016 Last revised: 3 Mar 2019

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Timothy Hildebrandt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This article offers a conceptual framework to identify and analyze the contemporary behavior of the paradoxical government-organized, non-governmental organization (GONGO). We discuss how GONGOs’ activities fit within mainstream civil society theories and traditions. Furthermore, we compare and analyze GONGOs and NGOs in terms of their sources of power, main activities and functions, and dilemmas. Finally, we theorize the effects, and implications, the growth of GONGOs has on state and society relations globally.

Keywords: government-organized non-governmental organization (GONGO), NGO functions and activities, civil society theory, state-society relations

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza and Hildebrandt, Timothy and Hsu, Jennifer Y.J., Conceptualizing Government-Organized Non-Governmental Organizations (2019). Journal of Civil Society 15 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2814215

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

Timothy Hildebrandt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales ( email )

Sydney, 2052
Australia

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