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Norms, Interests and Environmental NGOs: The Limits of Cosmopolitanism


Kellow, AJ, Norms, Interests and Environmental NGOs: The Limits of Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Politics, 9, (3) pp. 1-22. ISSN 0964-4016 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09644010008414535


Environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) play important roles in international politics, appearing to be motivated by a cosmopolitanism which transcends the nation state and presents challenges to international organisations. The role of ENGOs and the norms they advance in the development of international institutions of the environment is subjected to critical scrutiny. Rather than transforming such institutions, ENGOs operate within arenas which are structured by those institutions. Moreover, ENGOs cannot escape the web of national and regional interests. The ENGO with the greatest claim to cosmopolitanism (Greenpeace) on the most global issue (climate change) frequently supports some interests while weakening the claims of others. ENGOs and the norms they stand for can reconstruct interests, but a complete understanding still requires consideration of interests.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Kellow, AJ (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
ID Code:18503
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-04-24

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