SAGE Political Science & International Relations

Author Kellie Liket discusses her article, "Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness: Analysis of Best Practices."


In the face of increased accountability pressures, nonprofits are searching for ways to demonstrate their effectiveness. Because meaningful tools to evaluate effectiveness are largely absent, financial ratios are still the main indicators used to approximate it. However, there is an extensive body of literature on determinants of nonprofit effectiveness. In this study, we test the extent to which these assertions in the literature align with practitioner views. To increase the practical value of our comparative exercise, we create a self-assessment survey on the basis of the practices that find support in both academia and practice. This provides managers with a tool to assess the extent to which the identified practices are present in their organizations and with suggestions, which might lead to improvements in their effectiveness. Intermediaries can use the tool to provide better information to donors. Funders can use it in their selection of grantees, and capacity-building efforts.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Authors Monica LaBarge and Jeffrey Stinson discuess their article, "The Role of Mental Budgeting in Philanthropic Decision-Making."



Mental budgeting (also known as mental accounting) has examined how consumers allocate and expend resources. However, the mental budgeting literature has not yet examined the availability and use of mental budgets for philanthropic, as opposed to day-to-day, consumption. Depth interviews with donors in both the United States and Canada reveal that donors do maintain mental budgets for philanthropy, that charitable gifts are expensed against the mental budget for philanthropy as well as against other budgets, and that donors’ mental budgets are malleable. Study findings extend the literature on the management and malleability of mental budgets, and provide insight to nonprofit organizations (NPO) to better position appeals to maximize donations and strengthen long-term donor relationships.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Security Dialogue podcast with Xymena Kurowska and Benjamin C. Tallis, authors of Chiasmatic crossings: A reflexive revisit of a research encounter in European security which features in the February 2013 issue of Security Dialogue, February 2013; 44(1)

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 7:28am EDT

J.S. Maloy and Jeanette Mendez, editors of Political Research Quarterly, interview author Rene Rocha about the U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections and his article “The Politics of Race and Voter ID Laws in the States: The Return of Jim Crow?” published in the September 2014 issue of Political Research Quarterly.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Pat Shields, Editor of Armed Forces & Society, interviews author Connie Brownson about her article "The Battle for Equivalency: Female US Marines Discuss Sexuality, Physical Fitness, and Military Leadership" published in the October 2014 issue.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Claudia Aradau, Editor of Security Dialogue, discusses how worlds and the conditions of wordliness should be framed as ‘subjects of security’ with Audra Mitchell, author of Only human? A Worldy approach to security, in issue 45 (1) of Security Dialogue. Is a wordly approach necessary if we are to capture the full enormity of the harms confronted by international security? Find out more by listening to this podcast.


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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Claudia Aradau, Editor of Security Dialogue, discusses the special issue on ‘Border Security as Practice’ with all three guest editors. Including how the special issue came about, and the contribution that the special issue makes to the debates about practice in International Relations and critical approaches to security more broadly. As well as analysis and critique of some of the articles in the special issue, issue 45 (3) of Security Dialogue.  Find out more by listening to this podcast.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Author Jay Teachman discusses his article “Military Service and Alcohol Use in the United States” published in Armed Forces & Society.


It is well known that enlistees and veterans in the United States are more likely to use alcohol than civilians. However, most of this research is potentially biased in that it often does not employ control variables (other than age) and is based on cross-sectional data. Much of this research also fails to consider the relationship between military service and alcohol use among women. Using longitudinal data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth, we investigate the relationship between military service and alcohol consumption employing a fixed-effects approach. We find that military service appears to encourage young men to consume alcohol. It is also the case that the effect of military service is not limited to the time that men spend in the military given that male veterans are also more likely to consume alcohol than are comparable nonveterans. We find, however, that women who serve, both enlistees and veterans, are less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT


Author Mark A. Hager discusses his article "Engagement Motivations in Professional Associations" published in Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.




This article follows Knoke in exploring how public incentives offered by professional associations (such as lobbying on behalf of collective interests) compete with private incentives (such as member networking opportunity) in promoting monetary gifts, voluntary coproduction of organizational outcomes, and commitment to the association. Olson’s contention that public goods do not motivate civic engagement has fostered several decades of research geared toward establishing the role of such goods in associational outcomes. Based on membership surveys of three engineering associations and two health care associations, the study concludes that private incentives are not universal motivators, while public incentives show some evidence of motivating engagement. Unexpected differences between the two fields of professional association are striking, prompting suggestions that current practitioners and future research give attention to field differences and resist overgeneralization regarding engagement motivations, outcomes, and commitment across professional fields.


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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

1.       Featuring Sabrina Alimahomed, a joint Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach, and author of an article published in the April–June 2014; 55(4) issue on the privatisation of the US Department of Homeland Security.

2.       Date of posting: June 2014

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Race & Class Radio 4 pt. 1: Featuring Bill Rolston, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland and author of an article on the murals of Gaza in the April–June 2014; 55(4) issue.

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This Security Dialogue podcast features Carolin Kaltofen, author of Engaging Adorno: Critical security studies after emancipation which appears in the February 2013 issue of Security Dialogue, February 2013; 44(1).

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

Guest Co-Editor Erica Chenoweth discusses the May 2013 Special Issue of Journal of Peace Research 'Understanding Nonviolent Resistance' with the journal Editor-in-Chief, Henrik Urdal. The issue was co-edited with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and is available online here.

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Category:SAGE Political Science & International Relations -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

Armando Alvarez, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews Tamar Diana Wilson and Christen Smith about the January 2014 issue titled "Violence Against Women in Latin America."

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