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About Aseem Prakash

Aseem Prakash is the Walker Family Professor and the Director of the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He studies environmental issues, international political economy, and NGO politics, and is the author of Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (Cambridge, 2000), and the co-editor of Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action (Cambridge, 2010), and Voluntary Regulations of NGOs and Nonprofits: An Accountability Club Framework (Cambridge, 2010).

Aseem Prakash es el profesor Walker Family y director del Centro de Política Ambiental de la Universidad de Washington, Seattle.

Articles by Aseem Prakash

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy

When international organizations face legitimacy problems, they need to address governance issues, conflicts of interest, and poor leadership.

¿Qué impulsa la campaña de represión contra las ONG y cómo ponerle fin?

La ayuda extranjera siempre es política, y eleva el riesgo de que los gobiernos tomen medidas represivas contra las ONG. Una contribución al debate de openGlobalRights sobre la reducción de espacios para la sociedad civil. English

What drives the crackdown on NGOs, and how can it be stopped?

Foreign aid is always political, and elevates the risk of a government crackdown on NGOs. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Unanticipated consequences: Polio and the hunt for Bin Laden

We need to subject intelligence gathering to similar rules that regulate the conduct of war regarding medics and Red Cross personnel. The exploitation of humanitarian efforts for intelligence purposes must be opposed.

Will the US ‘lose’ India? The Khobragade human rights puzzle

When the US attorney seeks to glow with a human rights halo, this is met with an angry groan in India.

Indian elections: democracy reaffirmed?

The election results which have just come in have been stunning. BJP won thumping majorities in Madhya Pradesh (165/230), Rajasthan (162/199) and a comfortable majority in Chhattisgarh (49/90).

Don’t blame the military alone: women’s rights in Pakistan

While religious parties in Pakistan have seldom secured big vote shares, all political parties tow their line. Why? And what is the way out?

Misplaced priorities? Global leadership and India’s domestic neglect of human rights

The world came to Gandhi to learn about his methods; he did not go abroad to preach and exercise global leadership. The Indian elite can perhaps learn from this. A response to Meenakshi Ganguly's call to India to take up its role as human rights global leader. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.

Government corruption leads to industrial accidents, not global brands

Corrupt political systems create conditions for industrial tragedies, not the presence of global brands. 

Foreign aid to local NGOs: good intentions, bad policy

International solidarity is a wonderful idea, and the notion of transferring resources from North to South for good causes is morally attractive. The mechanics of doing this properly, however, are far more complex. 

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