Description: This comprehensive collection of the latest research and policy developments in civic service worldwide provides an informed assessment of what works and what doesn't work in the field. With contributions from some of the discipline's best-known global leaders, it presents a conceptualization and operational definition of civic service that allows for variations across nations and cultures.
Civic Service Worldwide offers a perspective on the history and potential for civic service from its roots in military service. It summarizes the effects of national service in diverse countries, and identifies important developments in service, including service across the lifespan and transnational service. The editors and contributors also address key questions and promising theoretical and methodological approaches for advancing knowledge in the field.
Foreword: Civic Service Analysis Has Come of Age, Amitai Etzioni
II. National Service: Policy, Potential, and Effects
III. Civic Service Across the Life Course
IV. Civic Service Across Borders
V. Impacts and Inquiry
About the Editors and Contributors
Review(s): "Recommended. Libraries serving schools of business and departments of sociology." -- Choice
"The value of this collection lies in its clarification of core concepts and definitions, in the explicitly comparative and international perspectives on service, in framing relationships among the relevant variables, and in sharpening the focus of further research. All of these are necessary steps to closing the research gap. This book moves the study of civic service forward and is a welcome and valuable addition to the library of any scholar or policy analyst with interests in voluntarism, citizen engagement, social capital, nonprofits, public administration, or community and international development." -- Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
"This book covers an array of research agendas, providing us with a much needed reference volume on Western approaches to Civic Service. The volume also provides readers with a cogent argument for more theorizing and empirical evaluation of existing civic service movements." -- Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare