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Chapter 6: Political Influence of NGOs on International Environmental Issues
The concepts of power and influence are important issues in political science. For instance, one may want to know whether one or several elites determine political outcomes in different areas of urban decision-making (Dahl, 1961; Hunter, 1953; Mills, 1956), whether business organizations have an impact on local politics (Braam, 1973), or whether protest and pressure groups make a difference in the construction of highways (Huberts, 1989). This chapter deals with similar research questions. It examines the political influence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), such as Greenpeace International, Friends of the Earth International and the World Wide Fund for Nature, on global environmental policies.
However, the concepts of power and influence are also ...