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The Political Economy of NGOs
State Formation in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Jude L. Fernando
- ISBN: 9780745321721
- Extent: 352pp
- Release Date: 08 Jul 2011
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Hardback
- Category: Development Studies
Jude L. Fernando explores the paradoxical relationship between NGOs and capitalism, showing that supposedly progressive organisations often promote essentially the same policies and ideas as existing governments.
The book examines how a diverse group of NGOs have shaped state formation in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It argues that, rather than influencing state formation for the better, NGOs have been integrated into the capitalist system and their language adopted to give traditional exploitative social relations a transformative appearance.
This enlightening study will give pause to those who see NGOs as drivers of true social change and will encourage students of development studies to make a deeper analysis of state formation.
About The Author
Jude L. Fernando is Associate Professor of International Development, Clark University, Massachusetts and Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Yale University. He has edited many books including Microfinance: Perils and Prospects (2005), Rethinking Sustainable Development (2003) and Children's Rights (2001).