Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 2012


Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Richard Cornuelle’s Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Associations and Voluntary Associations (RtAD) has been subjected to numerous interpretations in the more than half a century since its original publication in 1965. In this conference paper, the continuing importance of this work is reconsidered. Several of the issues that Cournelle raised are still important today. Thus, the label Independent Sector offers one possible solution to the continuing question of how to refer to the third sector.

Source Citation

Prepared for New Work for Invisible Hands: A Research Colloquium Exploring the Legacy of Richard Cornuelle. Westchester NY. Spring, 2012.



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