This empirical qualitative study - of four nonprofit interorganizational coalitions promoting immigrant rights in the U.S - contributes to both the interorganizational network management and government-nonprofit relations literatures. It does so by focusing on how interorganizational nonprofit advocacy coalitions engage in their interorganizational domain with powerful state actors to further their mission of promoting immigrant rights. We find that they effectively promote their mission and affect state actors by successfully managing the inherent paradoxical tension of cooperation/confrontation. The coalitions are found to build their power, which in turn together with two leadership activities - strategizing and mobilizing - is found to be used by the immigration nonprofit coalitions to both cooperate and confront with powerful state actors. By using this paradoxical tension inherent to advocacy coalitions as its focus, this research further develops the limited literatures on interorganizational network management and nonprofit-government relations management, and provides reflexive practitioners with some guiding concepts.

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Saz Carranza, Angel

The nonprofit-public engagement: How immigrant nonprofit coalitions manage cooperation and confrontation with the public sector

This empirical qualitative study - of four nonprofit interorganizational coalitions promoting immigrant rights in the U.S - contributes to both the interorganizational network management and government-nonprofit relations literatures. It does so by focusing on how interorganizational nonprofit advocacy coalitions engage in their interorganizational domain with powerful state actors to further their mission of promoting immigrant rights. We find that they effectively promote their mission and affect state actors by successfully managing the inherent paradoxical tension of cooperation/confrontation. The coalitions are found to build their power, which in turn together with two leadership activities - strategizing and mobilizing - is found to be used by the immigration nonprofit coalitions to both cooperate and confront with powerful state actors. By using this paradoxical tension inherent to advocacy coalitions as its focus, this research further develops the limited literatures on interorganizational network management and nonprofit-government relations management, and provides reflexive practitioners with some guiding concepts.
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The nonprofit-public engagement: How immigrant nonprofit coalitions manage cooperation and confrontation with the public sector
Saz Carranza, Angel
EGPA Annual Conference 2008
European Group for Public Administration (EGPA)
Bruselas (Belgium), 03/09/2008 - 06/09/2008

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