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Voluntary Sector Organizations and the State

Building New Relations

Voluntary organizations have moved from the margins to the centre of policy discussions in Canada, and citizens and politicians now view them in a new way. Rachel Laforest shows how members of voluntary organizations have struggled for a stronger voice in policy making and redefined their relationship to the federal government through key collaborations. This vivid account of how a loose coalition of organizations was transformed into a distinct sector offers a new conceptual framework for explaining dynamic state-voluntary sector relations at all levels of government.


192 pages


Table of Contents

1 The Changing Relationship between the State and the Voluntary Sector

2 Theorizing the Relationship between the State and the Voluntary Sector

3 Laying the Foundation for Collaboration: The Canadian Case

4 Building Identity and Agency in the Voluntary Sector: From Strategy to Action

5 Designing a Blueprint for Collaboration: Looking at the Big Picture

6 Organizational Dynamics and the Impact of Collaboration

7 Conclusions

Appendices

1 Characteristics of voluntary organizations engaged at a macro scale

2 Characteristics of national organizations in the field of children and family services

3 Characteristics of provincial organizations in the field of children and family services

4 Characteristics of local organizations in the field of children and family services in the Ottawa region

5 Characteristics of local organizations in the field of children and family services in the Montreal region

Notes

References

Index

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