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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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NGOs as Actors in Global Social Governance

NGOs as Actors in Global Social Governance

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(p.175) Chapter 9 NGOs as Actors in Global Social Governance
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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance
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Johannes Kruse

Kerstin Martens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.003.0009

This chapter discusses the role of NGOs as actors in global social governance. First, the chapter reviews how different disciplines have dealt with NGOs as actors, highlight the contributions of the existing literature, and identifies research gaps. Despite numerous studies on NGOs, little research has addressed them as actors in global social governance. Undertaking a quantitative assessment of NGOs working on issues of global social governance, the chapter finds that their number has increased both in absolute and in relative terms over the last decades and that they hold a significant amount of resources. Examining three mechanisms of global social governance, the chapter finds that NGOs play an important role with regard to redistribution, regulation, and social rights. Concluding, the chapter highlights its contribution to the study of NGOs and civil society in global social governance and make suggestions for future research.

Keywords:   NGOs/civil society, global social governance, redistribution, regulation, social rights

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