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24 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 1 (1995)

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T HE CENTERPIECE of this issue is a thought-provoking discussion of theories
    of the third sector assembled by former NVSQ editorJon Van Til. The sym-
posium began as a panel discussion at the 1993 Association for Research on
Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) meetings in
Toronto. For this publication, the participants have revised their conference
presentations, partly in light of the words of their colleagues. The panel
includes nonprofit sector scholars who represent sharply different views of how
we define the nonprofit sector and how we engage in research. The collection
is valuable because it outlines distinct paradigms for understanding our work.
Seeing these perspectives arrayed against each other, we also can understand
the active ferment and debate that has engaged us in the last few years.
    In addition to the symposium, this issue contains three provocative and
powerful research articles. Daniel Levy's article on Latin-American think tanks
is an important addition to the literature on nonprofits in developing coun-
tries. The articles by EltonJackson, Mark Bachmeier, James Wood, and Eliza-
beth Craft and by Paul Schervish and John Havens focus our attention in new
ways on the dimensions of volunteering. Both articles are quantitative efforts
to explore and challenge long-held assumptions about donations of time and
money The acuity of their observations must be recognized by those who do
survey research on the nonprofit sector; each article defines the standard schol-
ars must achieve to research these issues adequately.
    A book review by James Tober, longtime student of environmental move-
ments, concludes this issue. This review represents the latest of NVSQs efforts
to keep us all abreast of the newest and most interesting publications in the
field of nonprofit research.

                                                         CARL MILOFSKY

NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY, vol. 24, no. 1, Spring 1995 CJossey-Bass Publishers

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