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Closing space for civil society - How western and non-western linkages explain restrictions on foreign funding to domestic civil society organizations

Grinde, Jonatan LU (2017) SIMV29 20171
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
This thesis seeks to answer what causes some governments to restrict foreign
funding to domestic civil society organizations while others do not. These repressive measures have increased significantly in all regions of the globe
recently and existing research has yet to provide an encompassing explanation for
the trend. Considering that neither foreign funding or government repression are
exactly novel phenomena urges for looking closer at the increase of restrictions.
By elaborating on Levitsky and Way’s theory on linkage and leverage (2010) and
expanding on research gaps found in previous literature, the thesis argues that the issue is driven by a shift in geopolitical power relations. The thesis argues that governments implement... (More)
This thesis seeks to answer what causes some governments to restrict foreign
funding to domestic civil society organizations while others do not. These repressive measures have increased significantly in all regions of the globe
recently and existing research has yet to provide an encompassing explanation for
the trend. Considering that neither foreign funding or government repression are
exactly novel phenomena urges for looking closer at the increase of restrictions.
By elaborating on Levitsky and Way’s theory on linkage and leverage (2010) and
expanding on research gaps found in previous literature, the thesis argues that the issue is driven by a shift in geopolitical power relations. The thesis argues that governments implement restrictions depending on the country’s linkages to
western and non-western external powers, specifically by how their respective
pressure and norm preferences raise or reduce the costs of repressive behavior. A
comparative, qualitative analysis on Hungary and Georgia did not support this claim. Still, the findings highlight theoretical insights into the concept of linkages and provide recommendations for further studies. (Less)
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author
Grinde, Jonatan LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV29 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
civil society, foreign funding, autocracy, linkages, closing space
language
English
id
8911992
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2017-07-03 13:01:23
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2017-07-03 13:01:23
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  abstract     = {This thesis seeks to answer what causes some governments to restrict foreign
funding to domestic civil society organizations while others do not. These repressive measures have increased significantly in all regions of the globe
recently and existing research has yet to provide an encompassing explanation for
the trend. Considering that neither foreign funding or government repression are
exactly novel phenomena urges for looking closer at the increase of restrictions.
By elaborating on Levitsky and Way’s theory on linkage and leverage (2010) and
expanding on research gaps found in previous literature, the thesis argues that the issue is driven by a shift in geopolitical power relations. The thesis argues that governments implement restrictions depending on the country’s linkages to
western and non-western external powers, specifically by how their respective
pressure and norm preferences raise or reduce the costs of repressive behavior. A
comparative, qualitative analysis on Hungary and Georgia did not support this claim. Still, the findings highlight theoretical insights into the concept of linkages and provide recommendations for further studies.},
  author       = {Grinde, Jonatan},
  keyword      = {civil society,foreign funding,autocracy,linkages,closing space},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Closing space for civil society - How western and non-western linkages explain restrictions on foreign funding to domestic civil society organizations},
  year         = {2017},
}