The impact of tax exempt nonprofit organizations on voter participation in the United States: 1990-2008
Waddington, Brent Stephen Henry
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The direct effects of nonprofit organizations advocacy on behalf of their clients are well known; an extensive literature exists which describes the power that these organizations have in campaigning for and engaging their constituents in the political process. However, the quantitative work on this subject only investigates the effect that nonprofits have through direct action (i.e. facilitating voting). Therefore, I will be looking at the passive effects that nonprofit organizations possess in encouraging political participation and creating active contributors to the democratic process. Using data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Master File (BMF) for 1990-2008, the Current Population Survey 1990-2008, the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, and the American Community Survey, ran a random effects model controlling for the effects of demographics of various states and financial specifics of various nonprofits.
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