Abstract: Since the 2008 financial crisis, the third sector policy and regulatory regimes in the ‘Anglo-Saxon cluster’ have been subject to considerable policy churn. Comparing the reforms in the ‘meta-policies,’ regulations and financing in England, US, Canada and Australia, this analysis identifies both significant policy convergence and divergence. A new ideational landscape has emerged that is dominated by a focus on transparency, impact and social innovation. Convergence is not the whole story, however. In particular, the overarching meta-policies are absent, increasingly weak or divisive, suggesting a future characterized by the sporadic intervention of parochial politics and the likelihood of increased difference.

comparative third sector, policy convergence, Third sector policy
Public Management Review
School of Public Policy and Administration

Phillips, S.D, & Smith, S.R. (Steven Rathgeb). (2014). A Dawn of Convergence?: Third sector policy regimes in the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ cluster. Public Management Review, 16(8), 1141–1163. doi:10.1080/14719037.2014.965272