Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

Elisabeth S. Clemens and Doug Guthrie

in Politics and Partnerships

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109961
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109985 | DOI:
Introduction: Politics and Partnerships

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This chapter focuses on the concept of “politics and partnerships” in American history and political development. Given the prominence of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic endeavors in public affairs, the fragmented and confused understanding of the role of voluntary associations in American governance has become more difficult to ignore. The ramifying system of public–private partnerships in social provision demands systematic recognition in political analysis, but that recognition cannot begin with the premise that such arrangements are entirely novel. A sustained analysis of the reasons why such arrangements have succeeded and failed in the past can inform contemporary efforts to understand and transform contemporary systems of governance in the United States.

Keywords: political development; politics and partnerships; American history; nonprofit organizations; philanthropy; public–private partnerships

Chapter.  7861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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