The strategies that bind: NGO coalitions and their influence

Yanacopulos, Helen (2005). The strategies that bind: NGO coalitions and their influence. Global Networks, 5(1) pp. 93–110.



This article examines NGOs as strategic organizations that form coalitions in order to influence other actors, particularly international financial institutions. It has three primary aims: to examine NGOs as strategic organizations; to look at a particular type of NGO network,the coalition, which unlike a network involves more alue and commitment; and to assess the factors that ontribute to their strategies such as changes to the NGO environment. To do this, the resource dependency perspective is utilized to evaluate the influence of various resources (funding, legitimacy and information) on NGOs’ organizational strategy. Oxfam International, the NGO Working Group on the World Bank, and the Bretton Woods Project are three NGO coalitions examined. I conclude that there are differences between NGO networks and coalitions and that the coalitions strategically act and react to changing resources in their environments.

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