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The politics of NGOs : empowering marginal groups in a climate of micro-management and distrust

Bay, Uschi 2008, The politics of NGOs : empowering marginal groups in a climate of micro-management and distrust, Social alternatives, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 46-51.

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Title The politics of NGOs : empowering marginal groups in a climate of micro-management and distrust
Author(s) Bay, Uschi
Journal name Social alternatives
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 51
Publisher Social Alternatives
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0155-0306
Summary The role of peak NGOs in Australian civil society is considered crucial for representing marginal groups in the public and policy arena. The Howard government had particularly challenged the advocacy, coordination, information, research and policy role of peak NGOs. Instead of dealing with NGOs, the Howard government developed a 'governing through communities' process establishing new arrangements between the Federal government and local communities. It is of concern that 'governance through communities' may directly erode the values of voluntary association, broad representation of diverse groups in society and may negate non-instrumental political relations that NGOs aim to contribute to a healthy democracy. How the new Rudd government relates to peak NGOs is thus worthy of close analysis to understand what democratic role especially peak NGO's will play in Australian civil society.
Language eng
Field of Research 160512 Social Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Social Alternatives
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017406

Document type: Journal Article
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