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The role of NGOs in promoting salience of stakeholders and social issues

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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by British Academy of Management, 2020.

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This paper aims to explore how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) influence environmental governance, public policy and recognition of social issues and social groups. From a conceptual standpoint, the study examines how NGO activism affects salience of stakeholders and salience of social issues in public policy. It is based on longitudinal study of NGO activism in a Russian Arctic region during oil pipeline construction and qualitative analysis of interviews and secondary data collected during 2006 and 2019. The study uses a theoretical lens of environmental governance and salience as applied to stakeholders and social issues, and utilises Salience and Institutional Analysis and Design framework in qualitative data analysis. The study reveals that NGOs activism leads to changes in public policy, elevates salience of indigenous peoples as stakeholders and their concerns within the nexus of business-government-community operating at operational, collectivechoice and constitutional levels of environmental governance. New public policy incrementally addresses social issues at collective-choice level but actually limits the radical change at the constitutional level of environmental governance. As a result, NGO participation in public policy adds external legitimacy to government innovations, while paradoxically reifying the exclusion of indigenous peoples’ groups from critical functions of environmental governance such as distribution of benefits from resource use and participation in modification of governance solutions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Yakovleva N, Vazquez-Brust DA, Gavrilyeva TN

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 34th Annual British Academy of Management Conference

Year of Conference: 2020

Print publication date: 15/09/2021

Online publication date: 29/07/2020

Acceptance date: 11/05/2020

Date deposited: 16/03/2021

ISSN: 0065-0668

Publisher: British Academy of Management


DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2020.20829abstract

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Series Title: Academy of Management Proceedings

ISBN: 21516561