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The Ngo Game


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Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction: Booms and Busts in Peacebuilding 1. Uncertain Times 2. Of Power and Promises 3. Bosnia: Much Ado about NGOs 4. Kosovo: Copy, Paste, and Delete Conclusion: The End of a Golden Era Notes References Index

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Patrice C. McMahon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska. She is the author of Taming Ethnic Hatred, coauthor of American Exceptionalism Reconsidered and coeditor of several books, including most recently State Responses to Human Security.


"The NGO Game is a major contribution to our understanding of post-conflict interventions, democratization, and peacebuilding, as well as the specific cases of Bosnia and Kosovo. Patrice C. McMahon looks beyond what international NGOs and peacebuilding efforts claim to accomplish to get at what is actually happening on the ground. Her work shows us how and why these efforts fail by exploring in detail the activities of international NGOs, the resulting responses on the part of local societies and local NGOs, and the consequences of those actions. "-V. P. Gagnon, Ithaca College, author of The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s

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