Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is universally recognized as the international academic association of researchers engaged in the study of civil society, the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and related fields.
The 8th ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference. The third sector in the Asia Pacific region is very large and dynamic − it is claimed that China and India have 1+ million third sector organizations. The major growth in the third sector in Asia had been in the 1970s and 1980s – during the prodemocracy movements. The third sector activities and organizations, in the recent past, have also been influenced by many tax laws e.g. in Australia, Japan, Korea. Sadly democratization and recent extremist activities have prompted new legislations constricting the third sector in many countries. Laws affecting the third sector in the Asia Pacific region having been in existence for about 150 years have grown rapidly in the last two decades. Is this development for better or for worse? Call for paper until 31th March