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The civil society sector has long been the invisible subcontinent on the landscape of contemporary society. For the past 25 years, however, scholars under the umbrella of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project have worked with statisticians in countries around the world to assemble the first comprehensive, empirical picture of the size, structure, financing, and role of this increasingly important component of society. This new book is the capstone of this 25-year undertaking and a crucial successor to the previous books to emerge from this work. Not only does it draw together all of the systematic comparative data on the nonprofit sector, volunteering, and philanthropy assembled by this Project on over 42 countries around the world, but also takes the next step by going beyond description to address the important analytical question of what accounts for the enormous and puzzling cross-national variations that these data reveal in the size and contours of the civil society sector around the world? The book is available to order here.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Press

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