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Voluntary Regulation of NGOs and Nonprofits
An Accountability Club Framework

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Mary Kay Gugerty, Aseem Prakash, Dana Brakman Reiser, Woods Bowman, Mary Tschirhart, Dennis R. Young, Peter Frumkin, Andreas Ortmann, Katarina Svítková, Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, Angela Bies, René Bekkers
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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521763141

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  • How can nonprofit organizations and NGOs demonstrate accountability to stakeholders and show that they are using funds appropriately and delivering on their promises? Many nonprofit stakeholders, including funders and regulators, have few opportunities to observe nonprofit internal management and policies. Such information deficits make it difficult for “principals” to differentiate credible nonprofits from less credible ones. This volume examines a key instrument employed by nonprofits to respond to these challenges: voluntary accountability clubs. These clubs are voluntary, rule-based governance systems created and sponsored by nongovernmental actors. By participating in accountability clubs, nonprofits agree to abide by certain rules regarding internal governance in order to send a signal of quality to key principals. Nonprofit voluntary programs are relatively new but are spreading rapidly across the globe. This book investigates how the emergence, design, and success of such initiatives vary across a range of sectors and institutional contexts in the United States, the Netherlands, Africa, and Central Europe.

    • The first book to link accountability issues to voluntary programs and examine them in the context of nonprofit organisations and NGOs
    • Introduces a unique political economy perspective rooted in club and agency theory with which to study accountability issues
    • All chapters are original contributions from leading scholars in political science, public policy, economics, sociology and law
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This important volume is a detailed and sophisticated exploration of an increasingly important topic in the nonprofit and philanthropic world: the role of accountability and self-regulation. The pressures for nonprofit and philanthropic accountability are growing, and voluntary regulation is a key means to fulfill that imperative. This book will be crucial for scholars, students, policymakers, and others in understanding these accelerating demands on the nonprofit sector and the role that self-regulation can play.”
    – Mark Sidel, International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and University of Iowa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521763141
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 1 map 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    The Club Framework:
    1. Voluntary regulation of NGOs and nonprofits: an introduction to the club framework Mary Kay Gugerty and Aseem Prakash
    Part I. Club Emergence:
    2. Filling the gaps in nonprofit accountability: applying the club perspective in the US legal system Dana Brakman Reiser
    3. Trends and patterns in third-party accreditation clubs Woods Bowman
    4. Self-regulation at the state level: nonprofit membership associations and club emergence Mary Tschirhart
    Part II. Club Sponsorship and Club Design:
    5. Nonprofit infrastructure associations as reluctant clubs Dennis R. Young
    6. Foundation accountability clubs and the search for philanthropic standards Peter Frumkin
    7. Do self-regulation clubs work? Some evidence from Europe and some caveats from economic theory Andreas Ortmann and Katarina Svítková
    8. NGO accountability clubs in the humanitarian sector: social dimensions of club emergence and design Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre
    Part III. Club Design and Effectiveness:
    9. The impact of sponsorship on club standards and design Angela Bies
    10. The emergence and design of NGO clubs in Africa Mary Kay Gugerty
    11. The benefits of accreditation clubs for fundraising nonprofits René Bekkers
    Future Research and Conclusions:
    12. Conclusions: nonprofit accountability clubs Aseem Prakash and Mary Kay Gugerty.

  • Editors

    Mary Kay Gugerty, University of Washington
    Mary Kay Gugerty is Associate Professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle.

    Aseem Prakash, University of Washington
    Aseem Prakash is Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. He is the founding, General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Business and Public Policy and the co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Professor Prakash's research examines core issues in the study of governance: how do institutions emerge, how they diffuse and get adopted, and how they impact outcomes. In doing so, he studies the complex relationship of businesses with governments and non-governmental organizations. His recent work focuses on the emergence, recruitment/diffusion, and efficacy of voluntary programs in the for-profit as well as the non-profit sectors. He is also examining issues pertaining to (1) NGO advocacy, (2) Corporate Responsibility, and (3) the influence of trade and FDI networks on the cross-country diffusion of rules, standards, and norms in areas such as the environment, human rights, labor rights, property rights and women's rights. Aseem Prakash is author of Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (Cambridge University Press, 2000), co-author of The Voluntary Environmentalists: Green Clubs, ISO 14001, and Voluntary Environmental Regulations (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and co-editor of Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective (2009), Coping with Globalization (2000), Responding to Globalization (2000) and Globalization and Governance (1999). Professor Prakash received a joint Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington. His dissertation won the Academy of Management's 1998 Organization and the Natural Environment best dissertation award. Prior to gaining his Ph.D., he received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and worked fo


    Mary Kay Gugerty, Aseem Prakash, Dana Brakman Reiser, Woods Bowman, Mary Tschirhart, Dennis R. Young, Peter Frumkin, Andreas Ortmann, Katarina Svítková, Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, Angela Bies, René Bekkers

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