Reflections on political engagement and voluntary association governance

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This article explores the nexus between political engagement and voluntary association member participation with the intention of strengthening the ability of nonprofit organizations to prepare people for active citizenship roles. The article examines the reports of participation declines made my two literatures and some of their suggestions for change. It critiques these suggestions but builds on those of Skocpol and Berry to advocate improving voluntary organization governance by positing democratic governance as a prerequisite for federal tax deductible status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-719
Number of pages17
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • civic engagement
  • political participation
  • voluntary organizations


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