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Borders among ActivistsInternational NGOs in the United States, Britain, and France$
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Sarah S. Stroup

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450730

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450730.001.0001

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Varieties of Activism in Three Countries

Varieties of Activism in Three Countries

(p.29) 1 Varieties of Activism in Three Countries
Borders among Activists

Sarah S. Stroup

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies the differences among the national charitable sectors in the United States, Britain, and France, arguing that both regulative material pressures and constitutive normative pressures are important for understanding an organization's environment. It presents four dimensions of the charitable sector in each country: the regulatory environment, the political opportunity structure, material resources, and the way in which social networks locate international charities within society. These four dimensions are both product and producer of different logics of appropriateness for charities. Thus, “doing good” for others has fundamentally different meanings in the United States, Britain, and France—meanings that internationally oriented charities carry with them when they move around the globe.

Keywords:   United States, Britain, France, national charitable sectors, regulatory environment, political opportunity, material resources, social networks, international charities

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