This group is a forum for collaboration and networking among scholars and practitioners whose research interests relate to the political role of NGOs and civil society in international relations (IR). We are keen to explore questions focusing on what role NGOs and civil society actors play in global politics, and to what extent these organisational forms are feasible for promoting and advancing the concept of democracy globally. This includes exploring NGOs’ role in domestic and transnational civil society; their involvement in processes of global governance; their effect on international policy negotiations; and questions relating to their legitimacy and accountability.
We aim to promote the study of NGOs and civil society as an important sub-field of IR where the implications and interconnections between these research issues can be discussed. It is hoped that these activities will help build a strong research community around NGO and civil society research in IR.
All are welcome to join the group. We especially encourage those with an academic interest in the topic and those working with or within NGOs or other civil society organisations.
1. To promote the study of non-governmental organisations in world politics (including their role in domestic and transnational civil society; their involvement in processes of global governance; their effect on international policy negotiations; and questions relating to their legitimacy and accountability, amongst other issues).
2. To provide a forum where the implications and interconnections between such issues can be discussed.
3. To facilitate networking and collaboration between scholars and practitioners of similar interests.
Working paper series
Visit this open access working papers series on transnational politics, Department of International Politics, City University London, edited by Tom Davies.