Mapping Local Government-Nongovernmental Organization Interactions: A Conceptual Framework

Snavely, Keith; Desai, Uday
April 2001
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2001, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p245
Academic Journal
As nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) grow in numbers and importance around the globe and local governments gain capacity through decentralization processes, there is increased opportunity for the two sectors to interact with each other. Here we develop a conceptual framework for comparative analyses of local government-NGO interactions. Five potential social functions of local governments and NGOs and the possible outcomes produced by interactions of the two sectors are examined. Research hypotheses based on the framework are developed and suggestions given for carrying out comparative studies exploring the hypotheses.


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