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The Rise of NGO Activism


Daubanes, Julien; Rochet, Jean-Charles (2019). The Rise of NGO Activism. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 11(4):183-212.

Abstract

Activist nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) increasingly oppose firms' practices. We suggest this might be related to the vulnerability of public regulation to corporate influence. We examine a potentially harmful industrial project subject to regulatory approval. Under industry influence, the regulator may approve the project even though it is harmful. However, an NGO may oppose it. We characterize the circumstances under which NGO opposition occurs and under which it is socially beneficial. Our theory explains the role that NGOs have assumed in the last decades, and has implications for the social legitimacy of activism and the appropriate degree of transparency of industrial activities.

Abstract

Activist nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) increasingly oppose firms' practices. We suggest this might be related to the vulnerability of public regulation to corporate influence. We examine a potentially harmful industrial project subject to regulatory approval. Under industry influence, the regulator may approve the project even though it is harmful. However, an NGO may oppose it. We characterize the circumstances under which NGO opposition occurs and under which it is socially beneficial. Our theory explains the role that NGOs have assumed in the last decades, and has implications for the social legitimacy of activism and the appropriate degree of transparency of industrial activities.

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Contributors:American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 November 2019
Deposited On:16 Jan 2020 08:24
Last Modified:16 Jan 2020 08:25
Publisher:American Economic Association
ISSN:1945-774X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.20180027
Related URLs:https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/pol.20180027&&from=f (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17629

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