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The Authority Trap: Strategic Choices of International NGOs

Sarah S. Stroup and Wendy H. Wong

Abstract

Despite public favorability towards international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), most of these groups toil in total obscurity. A very few INGOs, active in human rights promotion, humanitarian relief, and environmental protection, do secure widespread authority in the form of deference from multiple audiences engaged in global politics. Having achieved this status as a “leading INGO,” however, they are trapped. To maintain their status and placate their many audiences, these leading INGOs advance incrementalist proposals and achieve “vanilla victories” - palatable to a wide array of au ... More

Keywords: international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), leading INGOs, authority, authority trap, organizational behavior, human rights, humanitarianism, environment, global civil society, vanilla victories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702143
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702143.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah S. Stroup, author
Middlebury College

Wendy H. Wong, author
University of Toronto