The Resilient Sector / Edition 1

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Today America's nonprofit sector, long a critically important part of the nation's social and economic fabric, is more important than ever. Economic woes and cutbacks in public services have put additional burdens on the nonprofit sector and exacerbated the issue of facing dueling identities as not-for-profit organizations operating in a for-profit market economy.

As Lester Salamon explains in his second edition of The Resilient Sector, America's nonprofit organizations are caught in a force field, buffeted by four different impulses —voluntarism, professionalism, civic activism, and commercialism —that are pulling it in rather different directions. Understanding these forces and the factors shaping them becomes essential to understanding the evolution of individual organizations and of the nonprofit sector as a whole. Salamon explains how and why they developed and how they interact with one another in the ongoing battle for the soul of America's nonprofit world.

Salamon's pity and acessible book is perfect for nonprofit leaders and practitioners as well as anyone looking for a better handle on the proper division of labor among government, business, public, private, and voluntary nonprofit entities in America.

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" The Resilient Sector is well-researched, thought-provoking, a seminal work of articulate scholarship and very highly recommended reading for anyone involved with or donating to charitable, political, social issue, or religious non-profit organizations whether they are local, regional, or national." — Library Bookwatch, 1/1/2004

"[ The Resilient Sector] provides an updated overview of the sector for a primarily non-academic audience of nonprofit practitioners, policymakers, the press, and the general public....The result is a concise volume that attests to the scope, significance, and determination of America's nonprofits." — NVSQ Book News, 1/1/2004

"Salamon's book remains a useful and clearly written review of the main policy and practice dilemmas facing service-delivery agencies in the USA." —Duncan Scott, University of Manchester, Social Policy, 10/15/2004

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815776796
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 763,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Lester M. Salamon is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, where he is director of the Center for Civil Society Studies and was founding director of the Institute for Policy Studies. Acknowledged as one of the premier experts on the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and around the world, he has written a number of books, including Partners in Public Service (Johns Hopkins University Press), Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement (Kumarian), and Tools of Government (Oxford).

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