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NOVEMBER 2017: 15th ANNUAL JCPA and ICPA-Forum Workshop
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11/20/2017 to 11/21/2017
When: Monday, November 20, 2017

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Call for Papers: "Comparing Third Sector Expansions"


Workshop Details:
November 20-21, 2017
Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Call for Papers Details

Prof. John Casey

Abstract Submissions Deadline to Convener: August 1, 2017 (300 words)
Notification of Accepted Proposals: August 15, 2017
Full Paper Submission and Registration: September 30, 2017

The expansion of a third sector, between the state and market, has been a key dynamic in almost all societies since the final decades of the 20th Century. Worldwide, different nomenclature is used to describe the sector and the organizations, including nonprofit, nongovernmental, civil society, philanthropic, voluntary, community, and social economy. Each of these terms nominally emphasize different attributes, but generally encompass a similar set of organizations that have a social mission and do not distribute profits to owners. (The most contentious synoptic debate focuses on the inclusion, or exclusion, of cooperatives and other economic or professional mutual organizations). The choice of preferred terms in any one polity appears to be more result of linguistic traditions than any strict attempts at normative and heuristic understanding of the boundaries of the sector.

National third sectors operating within countries are accompanied by a growing international and transnational third sector that gives organizational form and agency to collective interests that cross borders. The most prominent subset of international organizations are the global human rights, humanitarian aid, and development NGOs, but there is also an extensive network of organizations that focus on international dialogues on sports, culture, professions and on the creation of international standards in a wide range of fields.

The third sector has become more prominent in policy making, the promotion of civic action, and the delivery of new quasi-public services. Modern third sector organizations (perhaps better portrayed as late-modern or even post-modern) are markedly more secular and nonpartisan in their affiliations, more universalist in their service delivery and policy-making aspirations, and more professionalized and commercialized in their operations than earlier iterations rooted in religious charity, social movements, or grassroots collective and voluntary action.

This 15th JCPA and ICPA-Forum Workshop will focus on analyzing the dynamics that drive third sector policy and practice in a country, a region or worldwide. The authors are free to use any terms to describe the sector, according to the common usage in the countries that are the focus of the paper. Of particular interest are papers that focus on regions that have been less prominent in third sector scholarship, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South East Asia, and countries with smaller populations. Also of interest are papers that examine how national differences impact on the operations of international third sector organizations (also known as international nongovernment organizations – INGOs).

Papers need not necessarily be comparisons among countries, but they must be informed by comparative studies by highlighting how the policies and practices of a country or countries relate to the broader global expansion of the third sector, and apply or develop comparative theories or methodologies.

Papers accepted are eligible for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Eligible papers will be double-blind reviewed according to the JCPA's standard procedures. Articles must follow the criteria set by the Aims and Scope of JCPA (


An abstract of no more than 300 words, must be submitted to the Convener by August 1, 2017. An answer will be provided by August 15, 2017. Final drafts of articles must be submitted by September 30. The format must follow the JCPA Styleguide and the Submission Guidelines for JCPA Authors (see:

All submitted articles considered for publication in the Special Issue are subject to double-blind review and are published pending acceptance for publication.

Registration information:

The workshop includes a complimentary reception and workshop dinner for invited paper presenters and discussants as well as refreshments and lunch throughout the Workshop.

The workshop fee for all participants (presenters, discussants and other attendees), is $250.
The fee includes membership to the ICPA-Forum and all related benefits as well as a FREE annual subscription to the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Note that up to 10 travel scholarships will be available to participants who can demonstrate financial hardship. The scholarships will cover up to $500 in travel and accommodation. Applications for the scholarships should be submitted after the acceptance of proposals.

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