Levels of NGO cooperation and their empirical importance

Brown, Malcolm D. (2013) Levels of NGO cooperation and their empirical importance. Development Bulletin (Canberra), 75. pp. 102-105. ISSN 1035-1132


In sociology, civil society is often understood in terms of what it is not: it is not the world of political power, and it is not the economy. In more positive terms, it is the sphere of 'uncoerced human association', or voluntary cooperation. In capitalist society the economy is about competition for economic capital. In liberal democracies political life is the sphere of competition for power and influence. But civil society is the sphere of cooperation for social capital. The concept of social capital is contested for the conceptualisations that are most commonly contrasted), but it commonly refers, like economic capital, to something that reproduces itself, and it implies 'the development of trust, civic spirit, goodwill, reciprocity, mutuality, shared commitment, solidarity and cooperation'. This paper emphasises the importance of trust to NGO cooperation, especially small-scale local cooperation, and to civil society more generally.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2013 23:24
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 05:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambodia; NGOs; ethics
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9403 International Relations > 940302 International Aid and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24158

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