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Introduction to Section 3: Accountability

The Third Sector

ISBN: 978-1-78052-280-7, eISBN: 978-1-78052-281-4

ISSN: 2046-6072

Publication date: 8 November 2011


This section offers a critical exploration of how third-sector institutions progressively fill the ‘missing middle’ between the state and the market. Each of the two chapters provides a rich, multi-level and longitudinal account of the practices by which third-sector institutions find their footing in a complex landscape of multiple and often contradictory stakeholder interests – while seeking an often tenuous and at best temporary balance between self-interest and the common good. This core tension, foundational to research and practice in the third sector, features centrally in both chapters but leads to radically different endings and complementary insights.


Branzei, O. (2011), "Introduction to Section 3: Accountability", Hull, R., Gibbon, J., Branzei, O. and Haugh, H. (Ed.) The Third Sector (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 173-176.



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