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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


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This paper lays out some of the basics of a language-based, person-centered, or agentic model of practice for nonprofit organizations, voluntary action and philanthropy within the emerging domain of commons theory. Six principles are identified for the practice of commons. Two threats to the production of common goods - bureaucratization and colonization of the life world - are discussed and evaluated as limitations of the practice of commons.

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Paper presented at the annual conference of ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action), Los Angeles, CA. November 20, 2004.



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