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The Other Side of the Coin: NGOs, Rights-Based Approaches, and Public Administration
Public Administration Review (2015)
  • Hans Peter Schmitz, University of San Diego
  • George E. Mitchell, City College of New York (CUNY)
The majority of the world’s population resides in low- and middle-income countries, where the problem of sustainable development is among the most pressing public administration challenges. As principal actors within the international development community, transnational nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play a leading role in piloting a wide variety of development-focused strategies. During the past decade, many of these transnational NGOs, along with the United Nations, have embraced a rights-based approach (RBA) to development as an alternative to traditional service delivery. Despite the growing popularity of RBA among NGOs and other development actors, surprisingly little attention has been paid to understanding the significance of RBA for public administration and for public managers—the “other side of the coin.” Drawing on current research in NGO studies and international development, this article describes several varieties of contemporary rights-based approaches, analyzes their impact on development practices, and examines the intersection of RBA and public administration.
Publication Date
Fall November 17, 2015
Citation Information
Hans Peter Schmitz and George E. Mitchell. "The Other Side of the Coin: NGOs, Rights-Based Approaches, and Public Administration" Public Administration Review (2015)
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