Book Notes 2018

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Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change

Angela M. Eikenberry, Roseanne M. Mirabella and Billie Sandberg, Editors 

Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change provides students with a critical perspective on nonprofit and voluntary organization management that isn’t typically included in most nonprofit management textbooks, but is often essential to what people working in nonprofit or voluntary organizations deal with on a daily basis. Thus, a critical perspective does not take apparent social structures, social processes, or accepted history for granted. Rather, a critical perspective insists on the power of agency—both personal and collective—to transform society. Each chapter of the book addresses a key topic or area of practice covered in nonprofit and voluntary organization management-related courses—such as history, governance, planning, or evaluation—but moves beyond the surface of the instrumental, one-size-fits-all approach typically presented on these topics, to discuss issues related to power, politics, control, and the possibility of democratic change.  Contributing authors are nationally and internationally recognized scholars who dig beneath the surface of (often hidden) historically-specific, social structures—such as those related to politics, economics, culture, discourse, gender, and race—to illuminate how they lead to oppression and then to also reveal ways to change these structures.   

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International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations: Politics, Principles and Identity

By Andrew J. Cunningham
210 pages. Cost: $120 USD (Hardcover),  $37.56 USD (Paperback)
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International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations: Politics, Principles and Identityexamines the often discordant relationship between states and international non-governmental organisations working in the humanitarian sector. INGOs aiming to provide assistance to populations suffering from the consequences of conflicts and other human-made disasters work in the midst of very politically sensitive local dynamics. The involvement of these non-political international actors can be seen as a threat to states that see civil war as a state of exception where it is the government’s prerogative to act outside ‘normal’ legal or moral boundaries. Drawing on first-hand experience of humanitarian operations in contexts of civil war, this book explores how the relationship works in practice and how often clashing priorities can be mediated.



Managerial Economics of Non-Profit Organisations

By Marc Jegers, 2018.
204 pages.  Cost Euro 24.95
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This is the fourth edition of a book that was, in 2008, the first to bring together the microeconomic insights on the functioning of non-profit organisations, complementing the wide range of books on the management of non-profit organisations by focusing instead on both theoretical and empirical work.

Firstly, definitions of non-profit organisations are considered, after which the economic rationale behind their existence is examined, followed by a study of the demand for them and its implications for their functioning. The final chapters look at the economic idiosyncrasies of non-profit organisations’ management, focusing on the fields of strategic management, marketing, accounting and finance.

This book will be perfect for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in the study of non-profit organisations and managerial economics.


Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management

Edited by Bruce A. Seaman and Dennis Young, 2018.
512 pages. Cost US $230.00
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Nonprofit organizations are arguably the fastest growing and most dynamic part of modern market economies in democratic countries. This Handbook explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of economics and the management of these entities. Top researchers in the field review the role, structure, and behavior of private nonprofit organizations as economic units and their participation in markets and systems of public service delivery, assess the implications of this knowledge for the efficient management of nonprofit organizations and the formulation of effective public policy, and identify cutting-edge questions for future research.

Building on the success of the first edition, this thoroughly revised and expanded edition explores: (1) areas of general agreement from previous research; (2) areas of conflicting results and unexplored questions; (3) the relative roles of theory, data availability, and empirical analysis in explaining gaps in our knowledge; and (4) what must be done to improve our knowledge and extend the literature. Selected original chapters addressing especially challenging topics include: the value of risk management to nonprofit decision-making; nonprofit wages theory and evidence; the valuation of volunteer labor; property tax exemption for non-profits; when is competition good for the third sector; product diversification and social enterprise; international perspectives; the application of experimental research; and the macroeconomic effects of the nonprofit sector.


Scandinavian Civil Society and Social Transformations: The Case of Norway  

Edited by Bernard Enjolras and Kristin Strømsnes. Dordrecht
The Netherlands: Springer International Publishing, 2018 
185 Pages. Cost: EBook US $79.99; Hardcover US $99.99
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This book aims at presenting a conceptual apparatus and empirical analysis of the ways Nordic civil society is affected by social transformations by focusing on the Norwegian case. The Norwegian empirical focus allows identifying processes and factors of change that are relevant outside this context and enable us to understand, on a more general basis, the relationship between social transformations and transformations affecting the voluntary sector.

This book will make an original contribution to the field of comparative civil society studies both by increasing the available knowledge on the Nordic civil society model and by analyzing the societal transformations affecting civil society over time.



Partnerships the Nonprofit Way. What Matters, What Doesn’t 

By Stuart C. Mendel and Jeffrey L. Brudney. 
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018. 240 Pages.  
Cost: Hardback US $85.00; Paperback US $40.00; EBook US $39.99.
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Collaboration and partnership are well-known characteristics of the nonprofit sector, as well as important tools of public policy and for creating public value. But how do nonprofits form successful partnerships? From the perspective of nonprofit practice, the conditions leading to collaboration and partnership are seldom ideal. Nonprofit executives contemplating interorganizational cooperation, collaboration, networks, partnership, and merger face a bewildering array of challenges.

In Partnerships the Nonprofit Way: What Matters, What Doesn't, the authors share the success and failures of 52 nonprofit leaders. By depicting and contextualizing nonprofit organization characteristics and practices that make collaboration successful, the authors propose new theory and partnership principles that challenge conventional concepts centered on contractual fulfillment and accountability, and provide practical advice that can assist nonprofit leaders and others in creating and sustaining strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships of their own.


Continuity and Change in Voluntary Action. Patterns, Trends and Understandings

By Rose Lindsey and John Mohan with Elizabeth Metcalfe and Sarah Bulloch.
Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2018. 224 Pages. 
Cost: Hardback £60; EBook £ 21.59 .
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There are great expectations of voluntary action in contemporary Britain but limited in-depth insight into the level, distribution and understanding of what constitutes voluntary activity.Drawing on extensive survey data and written accounts of citizen engagement, this book charts change and continuity in voluntary activity since 1981.

How voluntary action has been defined and measured is considered alongside individuals’ accounts of their participation and engagement in volunteering over their lifecourses. Addressing fundamental questions such as whether the public are cynical about or receptive to calls for greater voluntary action, the book considers whether respective government expectations of volunteering can really be fulfilled. Is Britain really a “shared society”, or a “big society”, and what is the scope for expansion of voluntary effort?

This pioneering study combines rich, qualitative material from the Mass Observation Archive between 1981 and 2012, and data from many longitudinal and cross-sectional social surveys.

Part of the Third Sector Research Series, this book is informed by research undertaken at the Third Sector Research Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Barrow Cadbury Trust.


Social Entrepreneurship: An Affirmative Critique

 Edited by Pascal Dey and Chris Steyaert. 
Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
328 Pages. Cost: Hardcover US $135.00. 
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Pascal Dey and Chris Steyaert provide a timely critique on the idea of social entrepreneurship and its reputation as a means for positive social change. The book uses different traditions and modes of critique to interrogate, disrupt and reimagine the concept of social entrepreneurship.

Presented in five parts, each individual contribution uses a different critical perspective to analyse and assess social entrepreneurship in its mythological, ideological and performative constitution, looking for its democratic possibilities and alternative affirmations. Using varied analytical approaches, the resulting work highlights the need for a greater recognition of the unintended effects of social entrepreneurship and in doing so, adds nuance to a concept that has gone relatively unchallenged. In addition, each chapter identifies intriguing points for further research.



American Philanthropic Foundations: Regional Difference and Change 

Edited by David C. Hammack and Steven Rathgeb Smith.
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018. 432 Pages. 
Cost: EBook $41.99; Paperback $42.00; Hardbook $95.00.
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Once largely confined to the biggest cities in the mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states, philanthropic foundations now play a significant role in nearly every state. Wide-ranging and incisive, the essays in American Philanthropic Foundations: Regional Difference and Change examine the origins, development, and accomplishments of philanthropic foundations in key cities and regions of the United States. Each contributor assesses foundation efforts to address social and economic inequalities, and to encourage cultural and creative life in their home regions and elsewhere. This fascinating and timely study of contemporary America's philanthropic foundations vividly illustrates foundations' commonalities and differences as they strive to address pressing public problems.



Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food
By Graham Riches. Routledge, 2018. 204 Pages. 
Cost: EBook $19.98; Paperback $39.95; Hardbook $150.00.
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In the world’s most affluent and food secure societies, why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people? While recognizing the moral imperative to feed hungry people, this book challenges the effectiveness, sustainability and moral legitimacy of globally entrenched corporate food banking as the primary response to rich world food poverty. It investigates the prevalence and causes of domestic hunger and food waste in OECD member states, the origins and thirty-year rise of US style charitable food banking, and its institutionalization and corporatization. It unmasks the hidden functions of transnational corporate food banking which construct domestic hunger as a matter for charity thereby allowing indifferent and austerity-minded governments to ignore increasing poverty and food insecurity and their moral, legal and political obligations, under international law, to realize the right to food.

The book’s unifying theme is understanding the food bank nation as a powerful metaphor for the deep hole at the centre of neoliberalism, illustrating: the de-politicization of hunger; the abandonment of social rights; the stigma of begging and loss of human dignity; broken social safety nets; the dysfunctional food system; the shift from income security to charitable food relief; and public policy neglect. It exposes the hazards of corporate food philanthropy and the moral vacuum within negligent governments and their lack of public accountability. The advocacy of civil society with a right to food bite is urgently needed to gather political will and advance ‘joined-up’ policies and courses of action to ensure food security for all. 


The Common Good 
By Robert B. Reich
New York, NY: The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2018 
208 pages. Cost: Hardcover US$22.95; EBook $11.99.
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Robert B. Reich makes the case for a generous, inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good, and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. Over the course of the past five decades, Reich contends, America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle--one that can and must be reversed. But first we need to weigh what really matters, and how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership.


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