Levels of NGO cooperation and their empirical importance

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

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AuthorBrown, Malcolm D.
Journal TitleDevelopment Bulletin (Canberra)
Journal Citation75, pp. 102-105
Number of Pages4
Year2013
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
Abstract

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.

KeywordsCambodia; NGOs; ethics
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440101. Anthropology of development
440703. Economic development policy
470104. International and development communication
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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