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

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

by Elisabeth S. Clemens
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Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present

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, Politics and Partnerships 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226109978
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents



1 Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie


Part I  Of, By, and Instead of Politics


2 Civil Society and American Nationalism, 1776–1865

Johann N. Neem


3 Steering the State: Government, Nonprofits, and the Making of Labor Knowledge in the New Era

Mark Hendrickson


4 In the Shadow of the New Deal: Reconfiguring the Roles of Government and Charity, 1928–1940

Elisabeth S. Clemens


Part II  Nonprofits in a World of Markets


5 Bringing the Market Back In: Philanthropic Activism and Conservative Reform

Alice O’Connor


6 Nonprofit Research Institutes: From Companies without Products to Universities without Students

James A. Evans


7 Corporate Philanthropy in the United States: What Causes Do Corporations Back?

Doug Guthrie


Part III  Boundary Crossing: Contemporary Recombinations of Markets, States, and Nonprofit Organizing


8 Privatizing the Welfare State: Nonprofit Community-Based Organizations as Political Actors

Nicole P. Marwell


9 Nonprofits and the Reconstruction of Urban Governance: Housing Production and Community Development in Cleveland, 1975–2005
Michael McQuarrie


10 Evangelical Megachurches and the Christianization of Civil Society: An Ethnographic Case Study

Omri Elisha


11 Resolviendo: How September 11 Tested and Transformed a New York City Mexican Immigrant Organization

Alyshia Gálvez


List of Contributors


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