The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook

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Walter W. Powell, Richard Steinberg
Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2006 - History - 659 pages
The second edition of The Nonprofit Sector provides a novel, comprehensive, cross-disciplinary perspective on nonprofit organizations and their role and function in society. This new, updated edition keeps pace with industry trends and advances as well as with the changing interests and needs of students, practitioners, and researchers. As before, every chapter has been written to stand on its own, providing sufficient background for the reader to follow the argument without referring to other chapters--allowing readers to selectively choose those chapters that are most relevant to a particular course, interest, or issue.

The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook includes twenty-seven new or updated chapters. Relevant chapters from the previous edition have been refined, and new chapters have been added to fill in gaps, making this the authoritative reference for all who want an accessible, perceptive, and all-inclusive rendering of the nonprofit sector. The contributors--prominent scholars in their respective fields--carefully reflect upon the variety of changes in the rapidly growing world of nonprofits, examining a wide array of organizations, international issues, social science theories, and philanthropic traditions and covering a broad range of topics including the history and scope of nonprofit activities in the United States and abroad, the relation of nonprofits to the marketplace, government-nonprofit issues, key activities of nonprofits, aspects of giving to and joining nonprofits, and nonprofit mission and governance. For anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, this remains the essential guide.

From reviews of the first edition:

"[This book] is the closest thing to a 'bible' of nonprofit sector research and state-of-the-art social science knowledge as currently exists."--Dennis R. Young, Public Administration Review

"Invaluable to anyone currently engaged in research or policy decisions involving nonprofit organizations or, for that matter, considering becoming involved."--Jerald Schiff, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

"An exceptionally useful resource."--Mark D. Hughes, The Philanthropist
 

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Contents

Introduction I
3
Traditions
13
A Historical Overview of Philanthropy Voluntary Associations and Nonprofit
32
Scope and Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector
66
The Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective
89
Economic Theories of Nonprofit Organizations
117
Nonprofit Organizations and the Market
140
Work in the Nonprofit Sector
159
Some Paradoxes
378
Social Care and the Nonprofit Sector in the Western Developed World
415
Nonprofit Organizations and the Intersectoral Division of Labor in the Arts
432
Evolving Forms and Emerging Markets
462
Religion and the Nonprofit Sector
485
Who Participates in the Nonprofit Sector and Why?
521
How Much by Whom to What and How?
542
Why Do People Give?
568

Collaboration between Corporations and Nonprofit Organizations
180
Political Theories of Nonprofit Organizations
207
Scope and Theory of GovernmentNonprofit Relations
221
The Legal Framework for Nonprofit Organizations
243
Nonprofit Organizations and Political Advocacy
307
International Nongovernmental Organizations
333
Foundations
355
Constancy Responsiveness or Deflection?
591
Research Trends Gaps and Future Prospects
612
Commercial Activity Technological Change and Nonprofit Mission
629
About the Contributors
645
Index
651
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Walter W. Powell is professor of education and (by courtesy) organizational behavior, sociology, and communications at Stanford University. He is also an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. Richard Steinberg is professor of economics, philanthropic studies, and public affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

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