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Between Samaritans and StatesThe Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs$
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Jennifer Rubenstein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684106.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Between Samaritans and States

Jennifer C. Rubenstein

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the main arguments of the book and explains its overall approach. It begins by describing the book’s “cartographic” approach to political ethics—the ways in which its account of political ethics for INGOs functions as a map. Chapter 1 then elucidates the four main questions that the book addresses, and briefly summarizes and/or gestures toward the answers to these questions that the book provides, including briefly summarizing the argument that humanitarian INGOs as highly political, sometimes somewhat governmental, and often second-best, and describing the ethical predicaments that these features of humanitarian INGOs generate. Chapter 1 also discusses the approaches to humanitarian INGOs to which this book’s argument provides an alternative, elucidates the literatures to which it contributes, describes the fieldwork on which the book is based, and explains its methodology and scope.

Keywords:   governance, political ethics, ethical predicament, fieldwork, methodology

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