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Critics contend that NGOs often usurp the role of states by providing crucial services in developing countries, which can have significant economic, social, and political consequences for local communities. And many NGOs eschew any state involvement in their work, citing problems with corruption, bureaucratic inefficiencies, and political manipulation. Here Professor Kay examines why some NGOs view the state as a key partner and stakeholder and how they build relationships with states at the local, regional, and national levels. http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/?p=2022 Tamara Kay is Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Harvard's Transnational Studies Initiative. Her work centers on the political and legal implications of regional economic integration, transnationalism, and global governance. She is interested in how organizations and social movements — particularly labor and environmental movements, and NGOs and non-profits — respond and adapt to processes of regional economic integration and globalization. She is the author of NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism, published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics series, and has published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review, among other journals.