Civic Life of Cities Lab

Publications

The Civic Lives of Cities Around the World

A Special Issue of Global Perspectives, University of California Press 

Capturing the Civic Lives of Cities: An Organizational, Place-Based Perspective on Civil Society in Global Cities, by Christof Brandtner and Walter W. Powell

In a wired world, how do social interactions among organizations and people continue to define civil society? Our co-produced approach to studying civil societies through a place-based, organizational lens provides fresh answers to perennial questions about voice, accountability, and embeddedness…

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San Francisco Bay Area: A Left Coast Metropolis Grapples with Technocracy and Inequality, by Krystal Laryea, Yi Zhao, and Walter W. Powell

How do civic organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area straddle the paradox of challenging entrenched inequalities in an ostensibly progressive region that has been transformed by tech-driven wealth? Local nonprofits face the tension of maintaining access to elite resources while building connections to distribute those resources and navigate divides between the haves and have-nots…

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Resilient but Frayed: The Civic Threads of the Puget Sound Nonprofit Sector, by David Suarez and Gowun Park

Diverse national and cross-national studies have documented “nonprofit sector effects”—demonstrating that aggregate measures of the size and scope of the nonprofit sector (e.g., density, total number, total linkages) in a community have a substantively meaningful influence on outcomes such as violent crime, drug overdoses, happiness, and corporate social responsibility…

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Dance with Glauthoritarian Urbanization: An Entrepreneurial Megacity in the Making through the Lenses of Civic Organizations, by Yan Long and Wei Luo

How do formal civic organizations shape—and how are they shaped by—the making and transformation of urban space? Place-oriented civil society research emphasizes the central role of civic organizations in producing and changing unequal political and economic orders of cities but largely ignores the intercity connections and competitions that contribute to these local civic dynamics in a global capitalist system…

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Innovative Deviance in a Rule-Bound City-State, by Wayne Yeo, Ling Han, Winnie Jiang, and Nitin Natrajan

Funding and service provision are fundamental tenets of nonprofit organizations in Singapore. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the resilience of the nonprofit sector and beckoned the government to respond with digitalization programs that blend into the innovative capacity of the nonprofit sector…

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Shifting Sands: The Institutional Embeddedness of the Sydney Nonprofit Sector and its Relation to the State, Market, and Civil Society, by Hokyu Hwang and Danielle Logue

In this essay, we explore the institutional embeddedness of the Sydney nonprofit sector via its changing relations with the state, market, and civil society. We explore the historical development of these relations and how these durable relations have shifted in recent years, putting pressures on the sector…

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Toward a Better Understanding of Social Origins Theory: A Historical Narrative of Vienna’s Civil Society Organizations, by Florentine Maier, Michael Meyer, and Berta Terzieva

Social origins theory explains variation between civil societies by power relations between socioeconomic classes and by path dependencies. There have been few systematic reflections on which dimensions of civil society depend on these factors and can thus be explained by the theory. With the help of a historical narrative of the eventful history of Vienna’s civil society, in which traditional, liberal, social democratic, statist, and corporatist patterns feature, we tentatively identify ten such dimensions…

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2022

Organizational Supererogation and the Transformation of Nonprofit Accountability

Horvath, Aaron. (2022). “Organizational supererogation and the transformation of nonprofit accountability.” Forthcoming at American Journal of Sociology

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Street smarts and org charts: Professional expertise and the production of urban integration

Brandtner, C. and Laryea, K. 2022. “Street smarts and org charts: Professional expertise and the production of urban integration.” Working paper. Pre-print available on SocArXiV.

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Green American City: Civic capacity and the adoption of urban innovation

Brandtner, C. 2022. “Green American City: Civic capacity and the adoption of urban innovation.” Conditionally accepted at American Journal of Sociology

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Living up to the hype: how new ventures manage the resource and liability of future-oriented visions within the nascent market of impact investing

Logue, D., & Grimes, M. G. (2022). Living up to the hype: how new ventures manage the resource and liability of future-oriented visions within the nascent market of impact investing. Academy of Management Journal 

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Platforms for the people: Enabling civic crowdfunding through the cultivation of institutional infrastructure. 

Logue, D., & Grimes, M. (2022). Platforms for the people: Enabling civic crowdfunding through the cultivation of institutional infrastructure. Strategic Management Journal43(3), 663-693. 

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Conceptualizing Organizational Advocacy Across the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector: Goals, Tactics and Motivation

Mosley, Jennifer E., David F Suárez, and Hokyu Hwang. 2022. Accepted. “Conceptualizing Organizational Advocacy Across the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector: Goals, Tactics and Motivation.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 50th anniversary issue.

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Relational Work and its Pitfalls: Nonprofits’ Participation in Government-Sponsored Voluntary Accreditation

Wei Luo, Wenjuan Zheng, Yan Long, Relational Work and its Pitfalls: Nonprofits’ Participation in Government-Sponsored Voluntary Accreditation, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2022

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The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China: A Power Perspective

Qian, Wei. The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China: A Power Perspective. London: Routledge. Forthcoming. 2022.

2021

Neoliberal governance, evaluations, and the rise of win–win ideology in corporate responsibility discourse

Brandtner, C. and Bromley, P. 2021. “Neoliberal governance, evaluations, and the rise of win–win ideology in corporate responsibility discourse, 1960–2010.” Socio-Economic Review: 1–28. 

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Decoupling under scrutiny: Consistency of managerial talk and action in the age of nonprofit accountability

Brandtner, C. 2021. “Decoupling under scrutiny: Consistency of managerial talk and action in the age of nonprofit accountability.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 50(5): 1053–78.

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Creatures of the state? Metropolitan counties compensated for state inaction in initial U.S. response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Brandtner, C., Bettencourt, L. M. A., Berman, M. G and Stier, A. J. 2021. “Creatures of the state? Metropolitan counties compensated for state inaction in initial U.S. response to COVID-19 pandemic.” PLOS ONE 16(2): e0246249.

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2020

The structure of city action: Collaborative governance and sustainability practices in U.S. cities

Brandtner, C. and Suárez, D. 2020. “The structure of city action: Collaborative governance and sustainability practices in U.S. cities.” American Review of Public Administration: 1–18.

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Ontology, Levels of Society, and Degrees of Generality: Theorizing Actors as Abstractions in Institutional Theory

Hwang, Hokyu, and Jeannette A. Colyvas. 2020. “Ontology, Levels of Society, and Degrees of Generality: Theorizing Actors as Abstractions in Institutional Theory.” Academy of Management Review, 45(3): 570-595. 

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Collaborations and Networks

Suárez, David F, and Hokyu Hwang. 2020. “Collaborations and Networks.” Pp. 317-334 in Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management. Edited by Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler. Routledge.

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2019

Beyond Service Provision: Advocacy and the Construction of Nonprofits as Organizational Actors

Hwang, Hokyu, and David Suárez. 2019. “Beyond Service Provision: Advocacy and the Construction of Nonprofits as Organizational Actors.”Research in the Sociology of Organizations 58: 87-109.

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The proliferation and profusion of actors in institutional theory

Hwang, Hokyu, Jeannette A. Colyvas, and Gili S. Drori. 2019. “The proliferation and profusion of actors in institutional theory.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations 58: 3-20.

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2017

Culture and Connectivity Intertwined: Visualizing Organizational Fields as Relational Structures and Meaning Systems

Achim Oberg, Valeska Korff, and Walter W. Powell, “Culture and Connectivity Intertwined: Visualizing Organizational Fields as Relational Structures and Meaning Systems,” Pp. 1-31 in Structure, Content and Meaning of Organizational NetworksResearch in the Sociology of Organizations, 53: 1-31, 2017.

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Governing the Crossroads: Interstitial Communities and the Fate of Nonprofit Evaluation

Valeska Korff, Achim Oberg, and Walter W. Powell,  “Governing the Crossroads: Interstitial Communities and the Fate of Nonprofit Evaluation.” Ch. 6 in Networked Governance: New Research Perspectives, edited by B. Hollstein, W. Matiaske and K. Schnapp. Berlin: Springer, 2017.

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Organizational Poisedness and the Transformation of Civic Order in 19th Century New York City

Victoria Johnson and Walter W. Powell, “Organizational Poisedness and the Transformation of Civic Order in 19th Century New York City” Pp.179-230 in Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development, edited by Naomi Lamoreaux and John Wallis. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

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“Putting the world in orders: Plurality in organizational evaluation.” Sociological Theory

Brandtner, C. 2017. “Putting the world in orders: Plurality in organizational evaluation.” Sociological Theory 35(3):200–27.

2016

Contributory or Disruptive: Do New Forms of Philanthropy Erode Democracy?

Aaron Horvath and Walter W. Powell, “Contributory or Disruptive: Do New Forms of Philanthropy Erode Democracy?” pp. 87-122 in Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, edited by Rob. Reich, Lucy Bernholz, and Chiara Cordelli, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016.

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Click and Mortar: Organizations on the Web

Walter W. Powell, Christof Brandtner and Aaron Horvath, “Click and Mortar: Organizations on the Web,”  Research in Organizational Behavior 36 (2016):101-120. 

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2015

Internal and External Determinants of Formal Plans in the Nonprofit Sector

Hwang, Hokyu, and Patricia Bromley. 2015. “Internal and External Determinants of Formal Plans in the Nonprofit Sector.” International Public Management Journal 18(4): 568-588. 

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Learning from Learning Theory: A Model of Organizational Adoption Strategies at the Microfoundations of Institutional Theory

Chandler, David, and Hokyu Hwang. 2015. “Learning from Learning Theory: A Model of Organizational Adoption Strategies at the Microfoundations of Institutional Theory.” Journal of Management 41(5): 1446-1476. 

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Interstitial Organizations as Conversational Bridges

Valeska Korff,  Achim Oberg, and Walter W. Powell, “Interstitial Organizations as Conversational Bridges,” Bulletin of the Association of Information Science and Technology 41(2) Dec/Jan 2015: 34-38.

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2013

Decoupling Revisited: Common Pressures, Divergent Strategies in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector

Patricia Bromley, Hokyu Hwang and Walter W. Powell,  “Decoupling Revisited: Common Pressures, Divergent Strategies in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector,”M@n@gement, 15(5) (2013), 480-501.

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Resource Constraints or Cultural Conformity? Nonprofit Relationships with Businesses

Suárez, David, and Hokyu Hwang. 2013. “Resource Constraints or Cultural Conformity? Nonprofit Relationships with Businesses.” Voluntas 24(3): 581-605. 

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2012

From Smoke and Mirrors to Walking the Talk: Characteristics and Consequences of Decoupling in the Contemporary World

Patricia Bromley and Walter W. Powell, “From Smoke and Mirrors to Walking the Talk: Characteristics and Consequences of Decoupling in the Contemporary World,” Academy of Management Annals, 6(2012): 483-530.  

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2011

Problematizing Actors and Institutions in Institutional Work

Hwang, Hokyu and Jeannette A. Colyvas. 2011. “Problematizing Actors and Institutions in Institutional Work.” Journal of Management Inquiry 20(1): 62-66.  

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Collaboration and Professionalization: The Contours of Public Sector Funding for Nonprofits

Suárez, David. 2011. “Collaboration and Professionalization: The Contours of Public Sector Funding for Nonprofits.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21(2): 307-326.

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2010

Street Credentials and Management Backgrounds: Careers of Nonprofit Executives in an Evolving Sector

Suárez, David. 2010. “Street Credentials and Management Backgrounds: Careers of Nonprofit Executives in an Evolving Sector.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 39(4): 696-716. 

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2009

Global Organization: Global Rationalization and ‘Organization’ as Scripted Actorhood

Drori, Gili S., John W. Meyer, and Hokyu Hwang. 2009. “Global Organization: Global Rationalization and ‘Organization’ as Scripted Actorhood.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations 27: 17-43.

 

The Rationalization of Charity: The Manifestations of Professionalism in the Nonprofit Sector

Hokyu Hwang and Walter W. Powell, “The Rationalization of Charity: The Manifestations of Professionalism in the Nonprofit Sector,” Administrative Science Quarterly 54,2 (June 2009): 268-98. 

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Nonprofit Advocacy and Civic Engagement on the Internet

Suárez, David. 2009. “Nonprofit Advocacy and Civic Engagement on the Internet.” Administration & Society 41(3): 267-289. 

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2008

Civic Engagement and Nonprofit Lobbying in California

Suárez, David, and Hokyu Hwang. 2008. “Civic Engagement and Nonprofit Lobbying in California.”  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 37(1): 92-112. 

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2005

Lost and Found in the Translation of Strategic Plans and Websites

Hwang, Hokyu, and David Suárez. 2005. “Lost and Found in the Translation of Strategic Plans and Websites.” In Barbara Czarniawska and Guje Sevon (Eds.), Global Ideas: How Ideas, Objects and Practices Travel in the Global Economy (pp. 71-93). Copenhagen Business School Press.

Additional Work on the Nonprofit Sector, with scholars from Stanford PACS