Nongovernmental Organizations and Global Social Change

Kathryn Libal and Scott Harding

in Handbook of International Social Work

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195333619
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918195 | DOI:
Nongovernmental Organizations and Global Social Change

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A hallmark of the 20th and early 21st centuries has been the emergence of civil society as a force for social change. This chapter defines international civil society as “those nongovernmental/nonprofit organizations that have cross-border linkages.” Thus, it entails political processes and relationships that are established outside a given nation-state and its control. A variety of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have been at the forefront of advocacy for a more just global social order, tackling persistent social inequalities and addressing such macro processes as the global economy and trade, war and armed conflict, international migration, and the realization of human rights, to name a few important domains. This chapter discusses the rise of NGO influence on global policy and politics, and advocacy to address structural roots of global social problems.

Keywords: social change; civil society; NGOs; advocacy; global politics; social problems

Chapter.  4433 words. 

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