Watchdog Organizations

… a core concept in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105

Concept description

The Center for Media and Democracy (reference below) defines watchdog organizations as “non-profit groups that view their role as critically monitoring the activities of governments, industry, or other organizations and alerting the public when they detect actions that go against the public interest.”

It goes on to say:

“While the term is commonly used to describe organisations that are more activist in mobilising public support, some organisations are hard to classify. Large international organisations – especially where a fair degree of local autonomy is allowed – can include national or local branches that are fierce watchdogs while other branches are closer in style to tame industry funded groups.”

Wikipedia includes over 60 pages in the category “Government watchdog groups in the United States” (see

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Political Advocacy and the Nonprofit Sector (core topic) in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105.


SourceWatch, Watchdog organizations, at, accessed 28 December 2018.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 28 December 2018.

Image: WatchdogRI, at, accessed 28 December 2018.