Apart from organizations in the state and business sectors there are many voluntary and community groups which operate in a third distinct sector. What they have in common is that they are set up voluntarily by their members to pursue non-commercial objectives. The level of activity in this third sector provides an indicator of community vitality. If people are fundamentally constrained to do only what state institutions command them to do, or they are motivated solely by personal gains in a market system, then civic order itself would inevitably suffer as fewer and fewer citizens volunteer their time and resources to pursue their common values (Walzer, 1992; Selbourne, 1994).
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