Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States

Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States

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qNonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States provides a basic introduction to the U.S. nonprofit and civil society sector and examines the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations in America. The book is divided into four parts. First, it examines the legal foundations, history and evolution of the U.S. nonprofit sector, along with theories that explain the existence of a nonprofit sector. Next, it explores the impact that nonprofits have on American social life through the creation of social capital, providing opportunities to associate, creating outlets for the expression of group interests, and promoting a civil society. The book then takes up an exploration of the roles that nonprofits play in the American political landscape. Finally, the authors examine nonprofits' economic impacts both in terms of their share of the U.S. labor force, as well as nonprofit production of goods and services that are sold in the American marketplace.q--BOX 5.1 COMPULSORY COMMUNITY SERVICE: AN ISSUE FOR DEBATE Under a bill passed in 2013 by the state Senate in Michigan, more than 100, 000 Michigan residents receiving welfare benefits will soon be required to do community service. ... to find work will be expected to perform community service and risk losing welfare benefits if they fail to complete the minimum required service hours.

Title:Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States
Author: Kelly LeRoux, Mary K. Feeney
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-11-13

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