Journal article

Democratic constraint and embrace: Implications for progressive non-government advocacy organisations in Australia

S Maddison, R Denniss

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

The advocacy work of non-government organisations can be either constrained or embraced by government attitudes and practices. Although it is widely accepted that NGOs are an essential component of a healthy and robust democracy, serving as essential intermediaries between community and government, and providing a voice for marginalised groups to make claims on governments between elections, the current dominance of the public choice paradigm in public administration has seen the legitimacy of NGOs come under attack. Questions have been raised about the representativeness of NGOs and the legitimacy of their standing as policy advocates. As a result of this shift many disadvantaged groups tha..

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