A Review of Third Sector Research in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand: 1990-2016


This is the first comprehensive overview of third sector research in Australasia, prepared by leading researchers, Jenny Onyx in Australia and Garth Nowland-Foreman in Aotearoa New Zealand. It examines both the current state of knowledge of the sector and also the research infrastructure behind the sector. Part one documents the size and scope of the sector, as well as the development of the organisation ANZTSR and its journal. Part two examines relations with the state in each country, the rapid growth in funding services, but also effects of neo-liberal ideological and policy constraints. Part Three documents the current state of volunteering and philanthropy (giving) in both countries. Part Four examines the world of citizen action, building social capital within local communities, and also advocacy and political protest. The concluding Part Five examines some of the current developments in civil society, new emerging forms, and challenges for the future. 

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Biographical Note

Jenny Onyx, Ph.D (1978), Macquarie University, Sydney, is Emeritus Professor at the Business School, University Technology Sydney and Founding editor of Third Sector Review. She has published widely concerning issues of advocacy, social capital, social impact, volunteering and civil society.

Garth Nowland-Foreman is Director of LEaD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership, and chairs Tangata Whenua Community & Voluntary Sector Research Centre. He taught Not for Profit Management at Unitec, Auckland, chaired the first Study of the Non-profit Sector in New Zealand, and has written widely on non-profit funding and accountability.

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Editor’s Introduction
Author Biography

A Review of Third Sector Research in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand: 1990–2016
Jenny Onyx and Garth Nowland-Foreman
 Part 1: The Shape of the Third Sector
 Part 2: Relations with the State
 Part 3: Volunteering and Philanthropy
 Part 4: The World of Citizen Action—Social Capital, Advocacy, and Protest
 Part 5: New Forms of Organzing


Anyone interested in the field of Voluntaristics worldwide, academics and researchers in anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and psychology, and those interested in Area studies, the social professions, and history.

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