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The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Walter W. Powell , Professor Richard Steinberg

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Book Description

Nov. 1 2006
The second edition of The Nonprofit Sector provides a novel, comprehensive, cross-disciplinary perspective on nonprofit organizations and their role and function in society. This new, updated edition keeps pace with industry trends and advances as well as with the changing interests and needs of students, practitioners, and researchers. As before, every chapter has been written to stand on its own, providing sufficient background for the reader to follow the argument without referring to other chapters—allowing readers to selectively choose those chapters that are most relevant to a particular course, interest, or issue. 

The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook includes twenty-seven new or updated chapters. Relevant chapters from the previous edition have been refined, and new chapters have been added to fill in gaps, making this the authoritative reference for all who want an accessible, perceptive, and all-inclusive rendering of the nonprofit sector. The contributors—prominent scholars in their respective fields—carefully reflect upon the variety of changes in the rapidly growing world of nonprofits, examining a wide array of organizations, international issues, social science theories, and philanthropic traditions and covering a broad range of topics including the history and scope of nonprofit activities in the United States and abroad, the relation of nonprofits to the marketplace, government-nonprofit issues, key activities of nonprofits, aspects of giving to and joining nonprofits, and nonprofit mission and governance. For anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, this remains the essential guide.

From reviews of the first edition:

"[This book] is the closest thing to a 'bible' of nonprofit sector research and state-of-the-art social science knowledge as currently exists."—Dennis R. Young, Public Administration Review

"Invaluable to anyone currently engaged in research or policy decisions involving nonprofit organizations or, for that matter, considering becoming involved.”—Jerald Schiff, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

"An exceptionally useful resource.”—Mark D. Hughes, The Philanthropist

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300109032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300109030
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 22 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Walter W. Powell is professor of education and (by courtesy) organizational behavior, sociology, and communications at Stanford University. He is also an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. Richard Steinberg is professor of economics, philanthropic studies, and public affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.



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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Nov. 5 2009
By B. McEwan - Published on Amazon.com
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The Nonprofit Sector is an essential resource for anyone studying nonprofit organizations and how they operate. It is a compendium of the latest research on the core aspects of nonprofit organizations -- the things that make them unique in terms of their purpose, structure and tax status. The handbook includes chapters on the various theories for the existence of nonprofit organizations, including the major political, economic and social theories, as well as full discussions of fund raising, voluntarism, governance and other key topics.

I teach a graduate course in the theory and practice of nonprofit management and use this book as one of two main texts.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive--Yet Practical Feb. 4 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume is meant primarily to be a textbook for master's or Ph.D. level students. Nonprofit theory and cutting edge research is covered by the known academics in the field. The reference section is superb, leading one to further articles to explore an area in more depth. Yet the practioner will also find this book helpful in many ways, trends in funding and volunteering, up-to-date research brought to the practioner's world, etc. Even if you are not a student, if you work in the nonprofit sector you will find this book to be extraordinarily helpful.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Rich Book Dec 7 2006
By Philanthropy Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Handbooks tend to be daunting reading. So you can imagine my surprise when, after reading it through the first time, I found myself wanting to read it through again! This is a very rich book that will be useful to a wide range of readers from experts to beginners in nonprofit sector research.

Beginners will benefit from the comprehensive nature of the collection. The broad coverage will serve as a fine map to guide those who are looking for paths to follow into nonprofit sector practice and research. Like an MRI scan, the depth of each chapter will serve as a map of the ever expanding theoretical and practical knowledge base of the contemporary nonprofit sector.

Readers who have some nonprofit sector experience will find themselves turning again and again to the chapters related to their area of research and practice. The experience of re-reading some of the chapters three and four times each allowed me to appreciate the depth of scholarship embedded in the theories and empirical evidence presented on each page. This is the kind of book you'll want to keep nearby, because something of value will be there to meet you at each read.

Experts in the field are going to find a lot here to their liking as well. The scope of the subject matter covers research from so many disciplines that, no matter what your interests are, you'll find something here that relates to your particular field of research. The volume also presents scholars with many well documented glimpses into the state of the art research on the full gamut of nonprofit sector issues.

The creation of a handbook that is broad in scope, deep in research detail, and useful to both beginners and scholars is something to be celebrated by all those involved in the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to those who worked on this project. You have pulled off a most difficult of tasks for the second time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 3 2014
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The book arrived in great condition. It is an excellent resource for the future that I plan to keep as a reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but no TTS Jan. 1 2014
By Samatva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great textbook, assigned in my Nonprofit Management and Leadership class. Each of the sections are stand-alone - no need to go through the whole book beginning to end.

It starts off with a very detailed look at the history and development of nonprofit organizations, and the explosive growth of the sector in the 20th century. The sections assigned for my class are clear and written by experienced leaders, overall a great overview of the nonprofit sector.

The professor was only assigning a few chapters, which are on reserve as PDFs, but I wanted the added benefit of having the Kindle version - but alas, this book does not have text-to-speech enabled, so I returned it. Also note that it is laid out as the printed book, so does not flow like a regular Kindle book, but that is no serious problem, just a bit of extra zooming and scrolling.

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