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Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan, & Argentina by [Fisher, Julie]
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"In this study--steeped in history and culture, and filled with detail about the efforts of local and national democratization NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan, and Argentina--Julie Fisher does a masterful job providing a rich tapestry tracing the evolution and political climates in which citizens build democratic practices. Such methods are messy, diverse, and subject to failure, but these democratization organizations are the connective tissue of growing civil societies."
--Virginia Hodgiknson
President, Mount Vernon at Home
"Democratization has been a worldwide phenomenon, yet is theorization has largely been a Western enterprise. This book is one of the few antidotes to this trend, not only by focusing on three distinct developing world contexts--Argentina, South Africa, and Tajikistan--but also by bringing alive in its reflections and theorizations the activities and voices of local actors in civic life within these societies."
--Adam Habib
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Advancement, University of Johannesburg
"At last, a book that convincingly demonstrates that civil society has a decisive role in the success of democratization processes."
--Justin O. Frosini
Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, Bologna, and Assistant Professor, Bocconi University, Milan

About the Author

Julie Fisher is passionate about democracy, linked as it is to improved economic performance, increased equality, political stability, good governance and the avoidance of war. However, democratization is also, according to Julie, a long, hard slog. In her latest book, Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina, she shows how democratization ignored global trend and take on this giant challenge, not just in the three countries where she conducted over 100 interviews, but in other countries as well. Before joining the Kettering Foundation, Fisher was a Scholar in Residence at the Program on Non-Profit Organizations at Yale University and a lecturer in the Biology Department for a course on World Population. She previously taught comparative politics and a course called. The Politics of Third World Development; at Connecticut College. As a specialist on nongovernmental organizations and microenterprise development, she has been a consultant to numerous international agencies, including CIVICUS, Technoserve, CARE, Trickle Up, Lutheran World Relief and Save the Children. She is the author of The Road from Rio: Sustainable Development and the Nongovernmental Movement in the Third World (Praeger: 1993) and Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World (Kumarian: 1997). Her first book was translated into Spanish and published by the Fondo de Cultura Económico in 1993. The second was translated into Chinese and published by Tsinghua University in 2002. Fisher has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Civil Society Series published by the New England University Press. She often reviews articles for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Voluntas. She was a speaker at Working Abroad: Opportunities in the Nonprofit World. July 7-8, 2011, University of Colorado Denver, on The Work of Americans Abroad. Fisher received her B.A. in international studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. The author and her husband, a retired historian specializing in Russia, live in Maine.

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  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Kettering Foundation Press (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP96NBO
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