National Federations: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Linking Macro and Micro Orders in Civil Society

Albert Dale Hunter*

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The research described in this article represents a preliminary, qualitative, comparative analysis of voluntary national federations of local community organizations and voluntary national federations of local governmental units in the United States and England. The analysis is based on interviews; archival reports, budgets, and newsletters; and participant observation at meetings. These federations force a rethinking of theories of mass society that rely on overly simplistic distinctions between macro and micro, public and private. The research highlights the complex bridging roles that these voluntary national federations play and their essential position at the intersection of macro and micro, state and community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-136
Number of pages16
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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