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From the Nonprofit Quarterly--The Road Less Traveled: Establishing the Link between Nonprofit Governance and Democracy

January 22, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest among scholars and practitioners alike in the governance of nonprofit organizations. An increasing number of studies address such topics as the formal roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards; aspects of board composition, such as size, race/ethnicity, gender, and demography; the board-staff relationship; board effectiveness; board evolution and group dynamics; board recruitment, assessment, and renewal; and the relationship between board and organizational performance. But one of the most interesting questions has received almost no research at all: the link between nonprofit governance and democracy.