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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The U.S. "nonprofit sector" and other forms of contemporary national third sectors which are currently spreading around the world arose in a unique historical moment and for distinct historical reasons and are unlikely to outlast that moment in history. Voluntary action on the other hand has deep roots reaching far back in human history and is likely to be around far into the future.

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Paper presented at the Second Annual International Research Symposium on Public Service Management, September 1997. Aston Business School, Birmingham England.



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