Members desert "tame" Norwegian NGOs

Membership of Norwegian environmental NGOs has declined by 40% because they are increasingly seen as arms of the establishment, Nationen newspaper reported today. The figures show that the four biggest NGOs had 70,000 members in total in 1991. Today the seven largest have only 47,000 members. "The environmental organisations present themselves as radical alternative movements in opposition to government policy," researcher Øystein Bortne told Nationen. "But in reality a close collaboration [with] the state has developed." See article and research project website.

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