Politics and PartnershipsThe Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present

Politics and PartnershipsThe Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226109961

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

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 thorough examination of the place of voluntary associations in political history and an astute investigation into contemporary experiments in reshaping that role. The essays here reveal the key role nonprofits have played in the evolution of both the workplace and welfare, and illuminate the way that government's retreat from welfare has radically altered the relationship between nonprofits and corporations.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie

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