Umbrella organizations

Melville, Rose (2010). Umbrella organizations. In Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (pp. 1577-1582) New York , NY, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-93996-4

Author Melville, Rose
Title of chapter Umbrella organizations
Title of book International Encyclopedia of Civil Society
Place of Publication New York , NY, USA
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Chapter in reference work, encyclopaedia, manual or handbook
DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-93996-4
Open Access Status DOI
Series Springer Reference
ISBN 9780387939940
Editor Helmut K. Anheier
Stefan Toepler
Volume number 3
Start page 1577
End page 1582
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In contrast to other forms of civil society organizations umbrella organizations have not received adequate research attention from third sector scholars. Umbrella organizations are predominantly “member-benefit or member-serving organizations,” which sets them apart from other civil society organizations. Umbrella organizations exist in business, industry, commerce, politics, and the professions, as well as many areas of civil society. But the ones that are examined here are those found in the social and welfare fields of civil society. There is no accurate estimate of the number of umbrella organizations in the world, and very little knowledge about their history. During the 1990s, a renewed interest in literature and research on umbrella organizations has emerged. The main reason for this has been the controversy surrounding their role in the political sphere undertaking cause or advocacy related activities. Many are funded by fees or subscriptions from their own member organizations but some are directly funded by governments. In recent years, with the rise of neoliberal and market ideologies and welfare state retrenchment there has been increasing disquiet from governments about the cause or advocacy related activities of umbrella organizations. The survival and existence of umbrella organizations has been under serious threat with many of them losing government funding. However, in some countries, governments have attempted to protect the advocacy function of umbrella organizations by developing government – sector wide formal compacts or partnerships with varying degrees of success...
Keyword Umbrella organisations
Advocacy and political process
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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