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Title:NGOs and the formation of the public: grey practices and accountability
Author:Routley, LauraISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 0001-9909)
Volume:111
Issue:442
Pages:116-134
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:NGO
State-society relationship
corruption
attitudes
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4C7EB008D62361E2CB0C
Abstract:This article examines the formation of 'the public' or 'the people' as negotiated by a small number of national NGOs in eastern Nigeria. The ways in which these NGOs conceive of 'the people' or 'the public' and the actions they undertake are often at odds with conceptions of 'the public interest' implicit in much development policy. At the same time, their actions do not conform to a moral economy governed by obligations to primordial groups. Instead, this article argues that the NGOs are seeking a particular kind of accountability from the State, and concludes that the forms of accountability pursued by NGO workers provide important insights into how the Nigerian State is perceived and ultimately produced. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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