3rd Edition

The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector

ISBN 9780813349602
Published July 28, 2015 by Routledge
442 Pages

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Book Description

The Nature of the Nonprofi t Sector is a collection of insightful and infl uential classic and recent readings on the existence, forms, and functions of the nonprofi t sector—the sector that sits between the market and government. The readings encompass a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines and cover everything from Andrew Carnegie’s turn-of-the-century philosophy of philanthropy to the most recent writings of current scholars and practitioners. Each of the text’s ten parts opens with a framing essay by the editors that provides an overview of the central themes and issues, as well as the sometimes competing points of view.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kirsten Grønbjerg


Part I. Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

1. The Idea of a Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Peter Frumkin (2002)

2. The Nonprofit Sector and Its Place in the National Economy Katie L. Roeger, Amy S. Blackwood & Sarah L. Pettijohn (2012)

3. Defining and Theorizing the Third Sector Olaf Corry (2011)

Part II. The Nonprofit Sector's Historical Evolution, Distinctive Values, and Contributions to Society

4. Brief History of the Nonprofit Sector Thomas P. Holland & Roger A. Ritvo (2008)

5. The Gospel of Wealth Andrew Carnegie (1889)

6. The Impact of the Voluntary Sector on Society David Horton Smith (1973)

Part III. Tax-Exemption and Tax-Deduction

7. Tax-Exempt Organization Christopher Hoyt (1998)

8. The Charitable Sector’s Relationship with Government Molly F. Sherlock & Jane G. Gravelle (2009)

Part IV. Economic Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

9. Ownership and Organizational Form: Nonprofit Firms Henry Hansmann (2013)

10. Market Failure Lester M. Salamon (1999)

11. Contract Failure Theory Dennis R. Young (1998)

12. Government Failure Theory Dennis R. Young (1998)

13. Devolution, Marketization, and the Changing Shape of Government-Nonprofit Relations Kirsten A. Grønbjerg & Lester M. Salamon (2012)

Part V. Political Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

14. The Constitution of Citizens: Political Theories of Nonprofit Organizations Elisabeth S. Clemens (2006)

15. Citizenship and Prosocial Behavior Marc A. Musick & John Wilson (2008)

VI. Community Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

16. To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy Peter L. Berger & Richard John Neuhaus (1977)

17. Nonprofit Organizations and Community Steven Rathgeb Smith & Michael Lipsky (1993)

18. Organizational Social Capital and Nonprofits Jo Anne Schneider (2009)

VII. Civil Society Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

19. Bowling Alone: Thinking About Social Change in America Robert D. Putnam (2000)

20. Civil Society as a Public Sphere Sabine Lang (2013)

Part VIII. Theories of Giving and Philanthropy

21. Giving Well, Doing Good Amy A. Kass (2008)

22. What is Altruism? Alan Wolf (1998)

23. Doing Good David H. Smith (2005)

24. Philanthropy in Communities of Color Bradford Smith, Sylvia Shue, Jennifer Lisa Vest & Joseph Villarreal (1999)

Part IX. The Blending and Blurring of the Sectors

25. Third Party Government Dennis R. Young (1998)

26. The Future of the Nonprofit Sector: Its Entwining with Private Enterprise and Government Burton A. Weisbrod (1997)

27. From Welfare Bureaucracies to Welfare Hybrids David Billis (2010)

Part X. The Nonprofit Sector Internationally: The Global Context

28. Government-Nonprofit Relations from an International Perspective Lester M. Salamon (2006)

29. Organizations that Straddle the State-Society Divide: Illuminating Blind Spots of Existing Paradigms Benjamin L. Read & Robert Pekkanen (2009, 2014)

30. International Assistance Abby Stoddard (2012)




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J. Steven Ott is Director of the Institute of Public and International Affairs and Professor of political science and public administration at the University of Utah, USA.

Lisa A. Dicke is Professor of public administration at the University of North Texas, USA.


Praise for previous editions:

"Ott and Dicke should be applauded for their outstanding efforts, which bridge the macro and micro levels of the nonprofit sector for the first time and consequentially enrich the intellectual understanding of the field." –Public Administration Review, Vol. 73, Issue 1, January/February, 2013

"The editors have done the work for you— if you want to understand the theories behind the nonprofit sector, this is the book to read." – Joanne Carman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"[A] wonderful collection of readings, eminently suitable for introductory courses as well as great starting point for more advanced students and scholars. Theory and practice, national and international, and current and historical perspectives are all embraced in this valuable book." – Dennis R. Young, Georgia State University