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The emergence of structured subnational voluntary sector–government relationships in Canada: a historical institutional analysis

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Building on prior research at the federal level, this paper examines the emergent institutional relationships between government and the voluntary sector in seven Canadian provinces. Prior to the release of a national survey in 2005, little collective attention was paid to the size and impact of the voluntary sector at the provincial level by either the sector or governments. This subnational historical institutional analysis reveals that there is a new and growing appetite for policy dialogue, representing a notable shift in attention to voluntary sector–government relations at the provincial level. Trends and informative exceptions in this emerging relationship are profiled.
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Keywords: POLICY; SUBNATIONAL RELATIONS; VOLUNTARY SECTOR-GOVERMENT RELATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2011

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