Examining the use of informal networks by NGOs in Azerbaijan and Georgia

Aliyev, H. (2015) Examining the use of informal networks by NGOs in Azerbaijan and Georgia. Journal of Civil Society, 11(3), pp. 317-332. (doi:10.1080/17448689.2015.1069524)

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Abstract

To date little is known about the non-governmental organizations' (NGOs) use of informal networks, contacts and connections, as well as about the ‘informalization’ of post-communist civil society in the former Soviet Union. Research on the subject has been mostly restricted to the study of civil society organizations in Central Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia, leaving the use and significance of informality among the South Caucasus's NGOs largely ignored. Drawing on qualitative in-depth elite interviews, this study examines the importance of informal networking within the NGO sectors of post-Soviet-rule Azerbaijan and Georgia. The findings of this study document that in Azerbaijan and Georgia the practices of using informal networks of relying on patron–client relations with donors and of individuals using their positions within organizations for profit-making are widespread among the NGOs included in this research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aliyev, Dr Huseyn
Authors: Aliyev, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Civil Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1744-8689
ISSN (Online):1744-8697
Published Online:11 August 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Civil Society 11(3): 317-332
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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