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Good Cop/Bad Cop
Thomas P. Lyon, editor
RFF Press | February 2010
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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play a vital role in addressing complex environmental challenges such as climate change, persistent bio-accumulative pollutants, and habitat protection at local, national, and international levels. Yet NGOs remain poorly understood. Although much has been written by economists, political scientists and sociologists on interest groups and their role in the policy process, scholarly literature has had little to say about how NGOs choose which battles to fight, differentiate themselves from one another in order to attract membership and funding, or decide when to form alliances and when to work separately. This book brings together contributions from academics as well as senior executives representing NGOs and corporations, including Rainforest Action Network, BP America, and Ford Motor Company. While building a foundation for theories on NGO strategies and management, the authors further examine the possibilities and the limitations of NGOs in the environmental policy-making process and address the foundational question of how NGOs make decisions about whether to engage, confront, or cooperate with industry.
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