Working Papers

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Research

Though the topic of youth civic involvement is increasingly popular in social science research, the question of why some youth are civically involved while others are not is not yet well understood. In this paper, a developmental contextualist approach is used to address the following questions: What motivations do youth report for civic involvement? Do motivations differ across school contexts? A qualitative interview study using an in-depth semi-structured interview approach with 21 diverse youth was used to investigate questions concerned youth civic involvements and motivation.

Author(s): Parissa L. Jahromi
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Research

The growing power of global governance institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and United Nations, has prompted a dramatic expansion of global civil society advocacy directed at these institutions. The burgeoning of global civil society has generated considerable excitement in academic, activist and policy circles, based in large part on optimism about its potential to act as a transformative force in global governance and the process of globalization.

Author(s): Kristen Hopewell
Sunday, February 1, 2015 Research


Author(s): Kyle A. Pitzer
Sunday, February 1, 2015 Research


Author(s): Ahmed Whitt, Ph.D.
Sunday, February 1, 2015 Research

Photovoice is a community-based participatory action research method that combines photography with grassroots mobilization to help members of the community gain a greater understanding of their environment and experiences and to share them with others. The pictures, along with captions or narration by the photographers, can be used to document the reality of life in the community through the eyes of the photographer and can drive home that reality to the public and to policy makers to help spur change and improve conditions in the community.

Author(s): Calvin Streeter, Ph.D.
Sunday, February 1, 2015 Research


Author(s): Jessenia Castro, Katie Casstevens, Barbara Garcia, David W. Springer, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 Research

This paper examines voluntary contributions to public education via charitable school foundations, booster clubs and PTAs/PTOs as an alternative to local revenues generated via the property tax. We employ panel data on school-supporting charities with national coverage from 1995 to 2010, which we geocode and match to school districts.

Author(s): Ashlyn Aiko Nelson, Beth Gazley
Sunday, September 1, 2013 Research

What is the racial and ethnic composition of arts boards? What factors are associated with variations in board diversity? The study addresses these questions through an analysis of over 400 arts organizations, using data from the 2005 Urban Institute National Survey of Nonprofit Governance. While our primary focus is on the racial and ethnic composition of arts boards, attention is also given to gender, occupation, and age, as well as to comparisons between the arts and other fields of activity.

Author(s): Francie Ostrower, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Research

This paper presents results from a research study on charter school governance in Minnesota, the first state to enact charter school legislation in 1991. The paper examines the effects of the political and institutional environments on charter school governance, pays particular attention to how charter school boards navigate their legally mandated hybrid status, and analyzes the effects of hybridity on governance practices and school performance.

Author(s): Melissa M. Stone, Jerry Zhao, Colin Cureton
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Research

By virtue of their hybrid identity as both nonprofit human service organizations and commercial businesses, work integration social enterprises (WISEs) are subject to institutional pluralism, creating tensions between mission and market. These tensions are embodied in the dual role of clients, who are constituted as both service recipients and instruments of production. Drawing linkages between institutional logics and political economy perspectives, this paper develops and tests a theoretical model that seeks to explain the conditions under which clients are commodified.

Author(s): Eve Garrow