Book Launch: The Authority Trap - Strategic Choices of International NGOs

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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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Thursday, January 18, 20184:00PM - 6:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Boardroom
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Description

Join us for a discussion of the new book, The Authority Trap: Strategic Choices of International NGOs (Cornell, 2017). Sarah S. Stroup and Wendy H. Wong show that not all international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are created equal. Most INGOs are ignored in global politics, but a few have emerged as “leading INGOs” that command deference from various powerful audiences, and are well-positioned to influence the practices of states, corporations, and other INGOs. Leading INGOs might have authority, but they are not free to do what they want. Instead, they must balance the concerns of the various audiences that grant them authority in order to preserve their status. Caught in the authority trap, leading INGOs tend to be muzzled and make more conservative demands.

Book sale, signing and reception to follow the discussion.

This panel discussion will be chaired by Todd Foglesong, Professor of Global Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Director of Research and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Steven Bernstein, Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, will serve as discussants.


Speakers

Sarah S. Stroup
Speaker
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Middlebury College

Wendy H. Wong
Speaker
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Todd Foglesong
Chair
Professor of Global Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs

Sandra Ka Hon Chu
Discussant
Director of Research and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Steven Bernstein
Discussant
Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto


Co-Sponsors

Munk School of Global Affairs

Department of Political Science, University of Toronto


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