Anheier and Salamon shed some light on volunteering in different parts of the world by exploring the conceptions and patterns of voluntary action cross-nationally. As a cultural and economic phenomenon, volunteering is part of the way societies are organized, how they allocate social responsibilities, and how much engagement and participation they expect from citizens.
Helmut K. Anheier & Lester M. Salamon,
Volunteering in Cross-National Perspective: Initial Comparisons,
62 Law and Contemporary Problems
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