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Steering the State: Government, Nonprofits, and the Making of Labor Knowledge in the New Era

Mark Hendrickson

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226109985.003.0003
Steering the State: Government, Nonprofits, and the Making of Labor Knowledge in the New Era

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This chapter offers two examples that provide evidence of nonprofits' ability to pick up issues that were either designated for them to handle or that had been disregarded by the state. The first case supports the idea that nonprofit organizations should be considered as closely tied to the evolution of government and governance. Hoover and others had clearly defined the hours' issue as a public problem, but their commitment to an associational model of governance helped facilitate the development of nonprofit labor and economic research organizations. Their effective use of the policymaking expertise generated by these nonprofits further legitimized the research of these emerging institutions and underscored their effectiveness in solving what only years earlier appeared to be an intractable private conflict between employers and employees.

Keywords: nonprofit organizations; government; governance; labor organizations; public problem; policymaking; associational model

Chapter.  11046 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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