"Possibly the perfect blend of comprehensive and clear, this is the NGO text we have needed for some time. An excellent pedagogical tool for the undergraduate classroom, it also serves well as a conceptual reference for graduate students who find that their research has spilled over into the realm of these increasingly important global players." "Ahmed and Potter offer a good balance of theory and illustrative case examples. They successfully condense a great deal of complex infomation into simple concepts. In so doing, they demonstrate how challenging it is for even the most fluent scholars to construct clear definitions around NGOs, and consequently the difficulty in defining and analyzing their roles and behaviors in international political fora... a consise, undergraduate level textbook on NGOs appropriate for students of international studies and political science." "A thoughtful, in-depth survey of the explosive popularity of nongovernmental organizations.. Designed especially for classroom study, yet also suitable for self-education."