Law, nonprofit associations

McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (2009) Law, nonprofit associations. In International Encyclopedia of Civil Society.

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History records in all societies and cultures that humans have joined together in groups to pursue mutual purposes, be it based around family connections, pursuit of profit, common beliefs and purposes or more recently the formal governance of communities and states. Law has played different roles in different eras and societies in facilitating and regulating such associations. The law of business associations and the constitutional law of nation states have been developing for some considerable period of time and more recently have started to converge on a global basis to varying degrees. The formal law of family groups varies across jurisdictions in both content and extent of formality. In contrast the law of associations which are outside the family and not formed primarily for the pursuit of profit, but hold other purposes central to their reason for existence have only recently begun to develop a coherent jurisprudence. The growth of the idea of freedom of association and the nation state which has from time to time sought to both facilitate and control private associations either as potential allies or enemies has been a driving impetus for the growth of such laws.

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ID Code: 21000
Item Type: Reference Entry
Additional Information: An entry in "International Encyclopedia of Civil Society"
ISBN: 9780387939964
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2009 23:23
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 15:10

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