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18 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 1 (1989)

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THE RENAMING   of a journal is always a time of hope and anticipation,
and  the relaunching of the Journal of Voluntary Action Research as the
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is no exception. JVAR has served
the fields of voluntarism and citizen participation for seventeen years,
and  it has begun to make  its mark  in the areas of philanthropy and
nonprofit organization  as well. But, as the years have passed, it has
become  clear that this journal must move beyond the limits of its original
title if it is to serve the research needs of the broad third sector.
   Thus,  the journal's new name is a clear signal that it is committed to
presenting basic and applied research on voluntarism, citizen participa-
tion, philanthropy, and nonprofit organization-organized  as a social-
political-economic form that we have come to know simply as the sector,
whether we  characterize it as third, voluntary, or nonprofit. The board of
the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, after consulting with lead-
ers in the sector, has chosen a new name that, we believe, will make this
commitment   clear. While the new  name  remains  true to the original
vision of JVAR, it extends it by suggesting how a number  of scholarly
interests are now coalescing into an  important field of research and
   In its structure and editorial policy, the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
Quarterly will be only incrementally different from JVAR. NVSQ's deputy
editors will be more actively involved in both editorial policy and the solic-
itation of contributed work. Most issues will include a Commentary
section. To the extent possible, articles will be grouped by the major sub-
fields of interest to readers of NVSQ, which continue to be voluntarism,
citizen participation, philanthropy, and nonprofit organization.
   The  papers in this first issue of NVSQ were all submitted separately
to the IVAR. Each paper focuses on an important aspect of the changing
shape of nonprofit and voluntary organization.
   In the lead article, Lester Salamon develops a theme of critical impor-
tance to the nonprofit sector by identifying powerful trends implicit in
the redefinition of the welfare state that will affect public and nonprofit



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