Ideas and Trends: Global civic activism in flux
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Ideas and Trends: Global civic activism in flux

Civil society organizations have been subject to considerable criticism and doubt over the past ten years. They argue that Western-style NGOs are looking increasingly ineffective, tired, and out of touch—artificial creations often nourished by foreign supporters that lack real domestic constituencies and the ability to sustain themselves locally. Some of these critics suggest that more broadly based citizen movements are starting to reinvigorate the civic sphere, with dynamic and fluid new forms of civic organization emerging and gaining a significant presence in political and social debates.


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