Book Release: Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States

March 24, 2014


Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States

By Kelly LeRouxMary K. Feeney

Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States provides a general introduction to the U.S. nonprofit and civil society sector, examining the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations. The book begins by examining the legal foundations, history, and evolution of the U.S. nonprofit sector, along with theories that explain the existence of a nonprofit sector. It explores the impact that nonprofits have on American social life through the creation of social capital, providing opportunities for citizens to create associations, volunteer, and give to charity. The text describes the role that nonprofits play in the American political landscape through their lobbying, advocacy, and mobilization activities. It then dissects the role of the nonprofit sector in American economy. Finally, the authors outline future challenges facing nonprofits in the US. This book fills an important niche, providing a theoretically oriented, interdisciplinary undergraduate introduction to the nonprofit field.

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