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Policy Initiatives Towards the Third Sector in International Perspective

  • Benjamin Gidron
  • Michal Bar

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

About this book


Over the past decade, the third sector has had tremendous growth worldwide in both size and importance. As many countries struggle to address this changing reality, many have adopted policy initiatives aimed at changing the ways the third sector is addressed. It is a complex process, involving different fields of practice, different levels of government, and different types of third sector organizations.

The contributions to this timely volume detail the process as carried out in eight diverse countries, all of whom have recently enacted policy initiatives towards the third sector:

  • UK
  • US
  • Canada
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Japan

The studies are comprehensive: from reviewing the current policy, enacting new laws, supervisory mechanisms, and modes of funding.

Featuring a postscript from Helmut Anheier (UCLA School of Public Policy, Los Angeles, CA, USA and Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany), the thorough analysis in this volume will provide a new understanding of the policy initiatives in the eight countries studied, as well as guiding principles for other countries that may implement such initiatives in the future. The resulting work will give researchers in sociology, social work, third sector research, and international economics a new framework for understanding the Third Sector: its role in society, and its relationships with government, the market, and the citizens of the country.


Canada Governance Hungary Import Ireland Israel Japan Nation Non-Profit Studies Nonprofit Policy Politics USA interdependence organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Gidron
    • 1
  • Michal Bar
    • 2
  1. 1.Israeli Center for Third Sector ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social WelfareHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Policy Initiatives Towards the Third Sector in International Perspective
  • Editors Benjamin Gidron
    Michal Bar
  • Series Title Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nonprofit,Civil Society Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-1258-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-2527-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-1259-6
  • Series ISSN 1568-2579
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Political Science
    Economic Policy
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"this book clearly reveals the benefit of holding authors to a similar comparative analytical framework across countries and the editors are to be congratulated for this contribution. It is hoped that others will follow this lead...this book is a significant contribution to a growing body of international comparative third sector policy texts and will be an important addition to any third sector policy course." --Silva Ferreira, book reviews editor, Voluntas.