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Pseudo-Issues Paralyzing Transanational Association Action

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Pseudo-Issues Paralyzing Transanational Association Action
1. Proliferation of NGOs
2. Representativeness
3. Efficiency and effectiveness
4. Diversity of interests and form
5. Western model
6. Headquarters in Western countries
7. Legal status
8. Lack of coordination
9. Duplication
10. Political impact
11. Administrative problem
12. NGO naivety
The Challenge

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Expanded version of a presentation to a colloquium of the UIA (Geneva, 9-10 November 1976) on the future of transnational associations within the new world order and published in International Associations, 1976, 28, 12, pp. 571-573 [PDF version]. An extended version was subsequently presented to a panel on evaluating and extending public participation in international organizations, at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, 16-20 March 1977, St Louis (USA) and appeared under the title Practical Problems in Using the Potential in INGO Networks in Transnational Associations 32, 4, 1980, pp. 180-185 and in: The Future of Transnational Associations from the Standpoint of a New World Order Brussels, UIA, pp. 168-205. Also a French revised version in: Transnational Associations 32, 3, 1980, pp. 145-159.
Yesterday and today some of the key issues of concern to the activity of transnational associations have been discussed, I want to list them quickly with the object of showing that, from a very realistic and practical point of view, there is very little that can be done about them at this point in time. My purpose is to show that we have to find ways of by-passing these issues, if we are to act at all. Such issues must be understood as constraints on any action strategy, rather than the prime policy concern in connection with such associations - as tends to be the case in intergovernmental and political science circles. Hopefully these issues will be resolved in one way or another, but international action cannot afford to be delayed by them. The organizational instruments for action may in many cases be imperfect, but concentrating attention on their imperfections may obscure the fact that they are already quite adequate for many tasks - and that the imperfections are in large part a circumstance of the times rather than of their nature. Improving their ability to perform their functions may will be the quickest method of reducing their imperfection.

Issues

1. Proliferation of NGOs
2. Representativeness
3. Efficiency and effectiveness
4. Diversity of interests and form
5. Western model
6. Headquarters in Western countries
7. Legal status
8. Lack of coordination
9. Duplication
10. Political impact
11. Administrative problem
12. NGO naivety

The Challenge


Issues

The issues are in no particular order :


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