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Growth and Impact of International Associations and their Networks


This paper, originally presented under the title Networks of International Associations; occupational categories and world problems, was completely re-written in the light of the papers and discussion at the Conference on International Scientific and Professional Associations and the International System (Philadelphia, November 1976)


Introduction
Assessment of impact of INGOs on IGOs
Justification for assessing impact
Varieties of impact
Issues raised in assessing impact
Conventional evidence for impact
Characteristics of impact-oriented associations
Characteristics of non-impact-oriented associations
Limited validity of conclusion from impact studies
Growth of INGOs and ISPAs
Quantitative increase in number of international associations
Extent of interorganizational networks

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Introduction

This paper considers various aspects of the significance and nature of the Impact of International associations on their environment, and particularly the Impact of International scientific and professional associations on the International system. In approaching this matter,it is first useful to examine why the question of impact is important, what is meant by impact, and the questions raised by the process of proving Impact. This establishes an appropriate context within which to comment on the progressive increase in the number of International associations and their Interrelationships and the manner in which networks of organizations may diffuse Impact and act as vehicles for its transference.

hich networks of organizations may diffuse Impact and act as vehicles for its transference.