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Title: The legitimacy of NGO labour migration advocacy work with the state under neoliberalism
Author: McGuire, Darren Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0004 5362 8694
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2014
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Against a backdrop of an increasingly globalised capitalism, the great recession and a new State administration, this empirical study brings together literature on NGO legitimacy, the State, and neoliberalism to examine the legitimacy of labour migration advocacy work in non-governmental organisations. Based on interviews with 39 people, the research examines the work between two large international development charities, two medium-sized organisations and the British State. From the perspectives of managers and managing directors across the organisations, the study highlights new legitimacy practices that have developed as a result of working with a different administration. Yet only by considering the nature of legitimacy and understanding why it is now more of a vital feature than before, in the interaction between organisation and State, can this research raise deeper advocacy questions about the role of the State in labour migration advocacy work in NGOs. The multi-layered conceptual framework of the thesis is brought together to examine the legitimacy of advocacy work in a neoliberal political economy, where the State is the key actor and is bound by a realist social ontology. The interest in Karl Marx and Ralph Miliband stems from the belief that access to the economy is a key way to improve other important aspects of life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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