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The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector

John Casey
The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector
ISBN: 978-1-56549-529-6
ISBN: 978-1-56549-530-2
ISBN: 978-1-56549-532-6
2015/356 pages/LC: 2015487618
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"[Combines] epic scope and careful treatment of concepts and terminology, theories of non-profit sector evolution, cross-national comparisons, and examples from around the world."—Juniper Glass, The Philanthropist

"Provides a comprehensive picture of the nonprofit world.... [The book's] rich examples and deep analysis are the fruit of the long experience of its author.... Relevant to anyone doing research on the nonprofit sector, civil society, philanthropy, NGOs, and other related themes."—Amelia Fauzia, Voluntas

"Written in an engaging and unpretentious tone that makes it appropriate for academic and practitioner audiences alike. Casey's thorough examination of the direct and indirect effects of nonprofits on civil society in a variety of cultural and political contexts provides an insightful analysis that is both encompassing and meticulous."—Elizabeth Rowen, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

"Impressively informed and informative.... The Nonprofit World is very highly recommended for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in not-for-profit organizations.... Every community and academic library should have a copy."—Reviewer's Bookwatch

"Offers an impressive combination of comprehensiveness and detailed examples that bring to life the dynamic nature of the nonprofit sector(s)."—Carola Weil, American University


John Casey explores the expanding global reach of nonprofit organizations, examining the increasingly influential role not only of prominent NGOs that work on hot-button global issues, but also of the thousands of smaller, little-known organizations that have an impact on people's daily lives.

What do these nonprofits actually do? How and why have they grown exponentially? How are they managed and funded? What organizational, political, and economic challenges do they face? Casey answers these questions and also, liberally using case studies, situates the evolution of the sector in the broader contexts of differing national environments and global public affairs.

With its broad perspective, The Nonprofit World affords readers a thorough understanding of both the place of nonprofits in the global arena and the implications of their growing importance.


John Casey is associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. His previous publications include Policing the World: The Practice of International and Transnational Policing.


  • The Nonprofit World.
  • The Rise of the Nonprofit Sector.
  • The Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector.
  • Comparing National Nonprofit Sectors.
  • The Globalization of Ideas.
  • The Internationalization of the Nonprofit Sector.
  • International Nonprofits at Work.
  • Stewarding International Nonprofits.
  • Emerging Trends.