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Volunteering in cross-national perspective: initial comparisons

Anheier, Helmut K. and Salamon, Lester M. (2001) Volunteering in cross-national perspective: initial comparisons. Civil Society Working Paper series (10). Centre for Civil Society (London School of Economics and Political Science), London, UK. ISBN 0753013754

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Despite a growing interest in volunteering at national and international levels, few studies have explored comparative aspects of voluntary activities. To remedy this situation, this paper looks at the cultural differences in defining volunteering in relation to paid work on the one hand, and compulsory work on the other. Against this background, the paper explores cross-national patterns in the frequency of volunteering, the social characteristics of volunteers, and the motivations that lie behind them. The paper finds a close relationship between the type of non-profit regime (liberal, social democratic, corporatist, and statist) and the role and importance of volunteering. In closing , the paper addresses policy issues and open research questions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2000 The authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 10:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:26

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