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Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie


Exhorting people to volunteer is part of the everyday vocabulary of American politics. Routinely, members of both major parties call for partnerships between government and nonprofit organizations. These entreaties increase dramatically during times of crisis, and the voluntary efforts of ordinary citizens are now seen as a necessary supplement to government intervention. But despite the ubiquity of the idea of volunteerism in public policy debates, analysis of its role in American governance has been fragmented. Bringing together a diverse set of disciplinary approaches, this book is a thorou ... More

Keywords: volunteering, American politics, government intervention, volunteerism, public policy debates, voluntary associations

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226109961
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth S. Clemens, editor

Doug Guthrie, editor

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Chapter One Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie

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