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Social Origins of Civil Society: An Overview (2000) « CNP Working Papers « Comparative Nonprofit Sector Publications « International Publications « Downloads
Date postedMarch 1, 2000
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CategoriesCNP Working Papers, Comparative Nonprofit Sector Publications, International Publications
Tagssocial origins

Comparative Nonprofit Sector Working Paper #38 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Helmut K. Anheier.
The availability of comparative cross-national data has made it possible to test the existing theories of the origins of the nonprofit sector. These theories assume a competitive relationship between the nonprofit sector and the state in the production of public goods; however, the cross-national data show no straightforward relationship between the size of the nonprofit and the government social welfare sectors. This paper provides an alternative theory that conceptualizes the nonprofit sector in the broader context of the development of social, political, and economic institutions during the period of modernization. This theory explains cross-national variations in the size of the nonprofit sector and accounts for its different roles and relationships to other social institutions such as state, class structure, and organized religion in different countries.


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