The British are not coming! UK higher education and the nonprofit sector

Paul Palmer, Mariana Bogdanova

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The rationale for the growth of nonprofit management education in the United States has recently been charted by O'Neill (2005). Ten years previously, the United States and the United Kingdom were at similar levels of development. By 2006 the parallel lines had been broken. Why has nonprofit management education expanded in the United States while provision of graduate education for the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom has stood still? This article explores the factors that have prevented parallel growth in education provision. It argues that the university as an institution, both in terms of its nature and its power structures, is one of those factors. It presents the story of the closing of the world's first voluntary sector course at the London School of Economics and concludes with reflection on the likely future of voluntary sector management education provision in the United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-99
Number of pages20
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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