Editor’s Note: In June 2015, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society hosted its second Junior Scholars Forum. The following article covers a not-yet-published research paper presented there. To learn more about the research, readers can contact the paper’s author, Reza Hasmath (rhasmath@gmail.com).

In theory, as the number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in a society increases, they will start to form a mature NGO sector that aims to help shape public policy. In...


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