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Creating Credibility: Legitimacy and Accountability for Transnational Civil Society

L. David Brown
Creating Credibility: Legitimacy and Accountability for Transnational Civil Society
ISBN: 978-1-56549-264-6
ISBN: 978-1-56549-263-9
2008/183 pages/LC: 2008010157
A Kumarian Press Book

"Creating Credibility is extremely valuable in providing insights into the issues surrounding civil society legitimacy and accountability.... This is a rich resource for civil society actors, leaders and researchers." —Kumi Naidoo, CIVICUS

"Brings much needed clarity and accessibility to the complex terrain of civil society credibility. Brown shows why credibility matters for the survival of transnational civil society and what leaders can do to assess and build it."—Alnoor Ebrahim, Harvard Business School

"Brilliant, sensitive, and provocative reading on one of the most confusing and contested themes of our times.... A must-read for civil society practitioners, funders, and regulators."—Rajesh Tandon, PRIA (Society for Participatory Research in Asia) and Forum International de Montréal (FIM)


Creating Credibility provides concrete approaches to assessing and enhancing the legitimacy and accountability of civil society organizations—so that they can reach their full potential in contributions to governance and problem solving.


L. David Brown is senior research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.


  • Civil Society Legitimacy and Accountability.
  • Transnational Legitimacy and Accountability Challenges.
  • Assessing Legitimacy and Accountability.
  • Enhancing Legitimacy and Accountability.
  • Strategic Choice and Organizational Credibility.
  • Negotiating Sector Credibility.
  • Negotiating Campaign Credibility.
  • Negotiating Cross-Sector Partnership Credibility.
  • Civil Society and Transnational Social Learning.