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The Unpaid Leaders Of French Voluntary Associations


  • Lionel Prouteau
  • Muriel Tabaries


This paper focuses on the voluntary workers who take on responsibilities in French voluntary associations. First, drawing on a national association survey, we contrast the characteristics of leadership volunteers, especially chairpersons, with those of the French population as a whole. We show that leaders are very different from the overall population even if these differences seem to diminish for organizations created more recently. Second, from a national household survey, we compare board members with other members of associations. Among other results, we find that the former are more rooted in their local environment and they participate more frequently in several associations. They are driven by more activist motives than are the other members. They give more time to their associations and they use more skills in their voluntary tasks than do the other volunteers. Copyright © 2010 The Authors Journal compilation © CIRIEC 2010.

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  • Lionel Prouteau & Muriel Tabaries, 2010. "The Unpaid Leaders Of French Voluntary Associations," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 81(1), pages 131-166, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:annpce:v:81:y:2010:i:1:p:131-166

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