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Policy Tools or Mirrors of Politics. Government-Voluntary Sector Compacts in the Post-Welfare State Age

Marta Reuter / Filip Wijkström / Johan von Essen
Published Online: 2012-10-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/2154-3348.1062


Government-voluntary sector “compacts” have emerged in the recent years as an innovative nonprofit policy practice in many industrialized countries around the world. Originating in England in the late 1990s, the compact phenomenon has today spread to societies with relatively different tracks of inter-sectorial relations and different civil society regimes. This introductory article seeks to chart out the diverse functions that the compact solution seems to perform in different institutional surroundings, and it also opens up for a comparative discussion of the broader socio-political contexts in which this policy instrument has developed.

Keywords: international; nonprofit sector; voluntary sector; government; compacts; agreements; regulation

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Published Online: 2012-10-18

Citation Information: Nonprofit Policy Forum, Volume 3, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 2154-3348, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/2154-3348.1062.

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