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Politics and PartnershipsThe Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present$
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Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226109961

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109985.001.0001

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Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction: Politics and Partnerships
Politics and Partnerships

Elisabeth S. Clemens

Doug Guthrie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of “politics and partnerships” in American history and political development. Given the prominence of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic endeavors in public affairs, the fragmented and confused understanding of the role of voluntary associations in American governance has become more difficult to ignore. The ramifying system of public–private partnerships in social provision demands systematic recognition in political analysis, but that recognition cannot begin with the premise that such arrangements are entirely novel. A sustained analysis of the reasons why such arrangements have succeeded and failed in the past can inform contemporary efforts to understand and transform contemporary systems of governance in the United States.

Keywords:   political development, politics and partnerships, American history, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, public–private partnerships

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