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WEEK 4
THE ROLE OF NGOs AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
IR is more than the study of relations between states. IR is also the study of social groups ( non-
state actors) that do have transnational relations and therefore do participate in a web of
international relations. Global politics does encompass:
Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) (see week 3)
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
transnational corporations (TNCs)
TNCs
TNCs are not only economic actors but also political actors. Their power represents an everyday
challenge to state sovereignty. Imperialism could not be possible without them.
“Non-legitimate” groups or liberation movements
A variety of social groups engage in violent and/or criminal behavior on a transnational basis. In
particular, terrorist groups have very often acted on the transnational scene. They shift problems
of the domestic policy into the realm of global politics.
NGOs
They have acquired a real status on the international scene (some are recognized on specific
criteria by the UN). They work more or less closely with states. We witness a pattern of
hybridization: overlapping between international organizations and NGOs. Specialized by nature,
they increasingly create networks to increase their power and efficiency. There is a tension
between traditional NGOs and new NGOs in terms of their relations with state sovereignty.
Key concepts: NGOs, TNCs, networks, advocacy, global norms, high politics Vs low politics,
international regime.
Key questions:
How do transnational actors affect state sovereignty?
How do transnational actors help shaping global norms and a sense of global community?
What is the link between transnational actors and globalization?

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WEEK 4 THE ROLE OF NGOs AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IR is more than the study of relations between states. IR is also the study of social groups ( non- state actors) that do have transnational relations and therefore do participate in a web of international relations. Global politics does encompass:  Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) (see week 3)  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  transnational corporations (TNCs) TNCs TNCs are not only economic actors but also political actors. Their power represents an everyday challenge to state sovereignty. Imperialism could not be possible without them. “Non-legitimate” groups or liberation movements A variety of social groups engage in violent and/or criminal behavior on a transnational basis. In particular, terrorist groups have very often acted on the t
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