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Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), multinomial logit model, political legitimacy
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AUTHOR:

Benjamin S. Osenbach

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION:

State University of New York at Buffalo

TITLE:

Do Civil Society Organizations Undermine State-building?

ABSTRACT:

In spite of the long-standing debate among economists on the optimal level of government
involvement in economic development, little has been said on an optimal level of involvement
by non-governmental “Civil Society” Organizations (CSOs). In particular, little has been said to
address the potential trade-off between the influence of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
and the influence of government. Using datasets such as the World Values Survey and the
World Bank’s World Governance Indicators, a multinomial logistic model is presented to
model “political legitimacy” (a proxy for governmental influence) in 20 countries against 42
other variables. The results indicate that there is no such trade-off, and that political factors
such as confidence in parliament, political parties, and the justice system are more
significant in explaining political legitimacy than service provision by CSOs.

KEYWORDS:

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), political legitimacy, multinomial logit model

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