This volume brings together some of the most recent scholarship on government and civil society. It examines the axis of the relationship between national governments and civil society organisations (NGOs) by highlighting commonalities as well as differences among four key regions in the world. Using the stability vs. instability framework, the book explores a range of pertinent issues, including human rights, development, foreign policy, state-building, regime change, governance frameworks, wars and civil liberties. It studies diverse situations, from those entailing comprehensive cooperation to those involving politically contentious and revolutionary activities.

With case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of political science, global politics, international relations, sociology, development studies, global governance and public policy, as well as to those in the development sector and NGOs.

part I|69 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

Cooperation, competition or confusion?

International donors, the state and women civil society organisations in Burundi and Liberia

part II|60 pages


chapter 6|25 pages

India civil society

Beyond the cooperation–competition binary

chapter 7|14 pages

The NGO–government relations in Malaysia

Challenges and opportunities

part III|61 pages


chapter 8|21 pages

The third sector entering the first

Cooperation and competition of civil society, state and oligarchs after Euromaidan in Ukraine 1

chapter 10|20 pages

Cooperation, struggles, and rebounds

Civil society vs. political authorities in Romania

part IV|58 pages

Middle East and North Africa

chapter 12|18 pages

Confrontation, co-optation and cooperation

Civil society in post-war Lebanon

chapter 13|20 pages

The children of the Egyptian revolution

From contentious politics to the corrosion of civility