- Notes on Contributors
- List of Tables
- List of Figures
- From “Big Government” to “Big Governance”?
- Governance As Political Theory
- Waves Of Governance
- the many faces of governance: adaptation? Transformation? Both? Neither?
- New Governance As Regulatory Governance
- Governance: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
- Governance Networks
- Information And Governing: Cybernetic Models Of Governance
- Governance and Complexity
- Good Governance
- Governance and Learning
- Experimentalist Governance
- Governance and Institutional Flexibility
- New Public Management and Governance: A Comparison
- Governance And Innovation in the Public Sector
- Governance and State Structures
- New Governance and Policy Instruments: are Governments Going “Soft”?
- Governance And Administrative Reforms
- Governance and Patronage
- Governance and State Capacity
- The Impact of Governance: A Normative and Empirical Discussion
- New Governance or Old Governance? A Policy Style Perspective
- Ngos: Between Advocacy, Service Provision, and Regulation
- Agents of Knowledge
- The Governance Of Markets: On Generating Trust in Transactions
- Governance After The Crisis
- Modes Of Economic Governance: The Dynamics Of Governance At The National And Firm Level
- The Governance Of Central Banks
- Risk And Governance
- Three Tensions in the Governance Of Science and Technology
- Climate Change Governance
- Participatory Governance: From Theory To Practice
- Modes Of Democratic Governance
- The New Citizenship and Governance: Alternative Intersections
- Collaborative Governance
- The Democratic Quality Of Collaborative Governance
- Participatory Governance in Public Health: Choice, but no Voice
- A Return to Governance in the Law of the Workplace
- Governance and Voluntary Regulation
- E-Governance and E-Democracy: Questioning Technology-Centered Categories
- The Fifth Estate: A New Governance Challenge
- The Governance Of Privacy
- The European Union—A Unique Governance Mix?
- Multi-Level Governance in the European Union
- Institutional Change In European Governance: The Commission´s Implementing Powers and the European Parliament
- Eu External Governance and Europeanization Beyond the Eu
- Governance and Global Public Policy
- Global Governance, International Order, and World Order
- Governance in Areas Of Limited Statehood
- Governmentality in Global Governance
- Global Governance as Multi-Level Governance
- Reordering The World: Transnational Regulatory Governance and its Challenges
Abstract and Keywords
This article raises some critical questions about the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in governance; identifies three modal NGO activities, including advocacy, service provision, and regulation; and discusses strands of scholarship and literature on each. It addresses the issues of NGO accountability, capacity, and coordination, and describes their roles as global regulators and enforcers of soft law. The article suggests that, as scholars and practitioners of governance look to NGOs to fill various roles related to advocacy, service provision, or regulation, they should consider both the multi-level character of NGO fields and the tensions which come to the fore as each set of activities unfolds over time.
Christopher Todd Beer is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Indiana University.
Tim Bartley is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University.
Wade T. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado College.
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