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Transnational Non-State Politics

Davies, T. R. ORCID: 0000-0003-1047-9628 (2019). Transnational Non-State Politics. In: Davies, T. R. ORCID: 0000-0003-1047-9628 (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations. (pp. 63-72). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315268927-5


This chapter discusses the ways in which nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) advocacy can be influential by influencing the behaviour of other non-state actors and of private individuals, the independent service provision roles of NGOs, the non-state governance functions of NGOs, and in light of this, the contributions of NGOs to transnational non-state order. It explores critiques of these aspects of transnational non-state politics before concluding by considering areas for further research. The chapter outlines, there is an exclusively non-governmental counterpart to traditional transnational advocacy focused on states: that which involves lobbying corporations and other non-state actors. It also outlines the many potential problems with transnational non-state politics. The chapter describes NGOs wield influence not only over corporate actors in the economic arena, but also a broad range of wider social and cultural institutions. It explores some of the ways in which power is wielded internationally through processes and dynamics that bypass the state and its institutions.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations on 4 Apr 2021, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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