Global research on NGOs and the non-profit sector

Authored by: David Horton Smith

Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations

Print publication date:  April  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138285507
eBook ISBN: 9781315268927
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The new term voluntaristics has been suggested as a single-word label for the nearly 50-year-old interdisciplinary field and emergent academic disciple that involves studying NGOs (or non-profit organizations, NPOs) and all other phenomena of the voluntary non-profit sector (VNPS) in all human societies, past and present (Smith, 2013, 2016). The term is similar in form to the term linguistics, referring to the study of all human languages, past and present. This chapter will discuss the origins of voluntaristics as a field of study, its current global structure and growth trends, and the key substantive contents of the field beyond the transnational/international aspects reviewed in the present volume.

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