Nonprofits For Hire P / Edition 1

Nonprofits For Hire P / Edition 1

by Michael Lipsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674626397

ISBN-13: 9780674626393

Pub. Date: 04/01/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press


In recent years, government's primary response to the emergent problems of homelessness, hunger, child abuse, health care, and AIDS has been generated through nonprofit agencies funded by taxpayer money. As part of the widespread movement for privatization, these agencies represent revolutionary changes in the welfare state. Steven Smith and Michael Lipsky…  See more details below

Overview


In recent years, government's primary response to the emergent problems of homelessness, hunger, child abuse, health care, and AIDS has been generated through nonprofit agencies funded by taxpayer money. As part of the widespread movement for privatization, these agencies represent revolutionary changes in the welfare state. Steven Smith and Michael Lipsky demonstrate that this massive shift in funds has benefits and drawbacks. Given the breadth of government funding of nonprofit agencies, this first study of the social, political, and organizational effects of this service strategy is an essential contribution to the current raging debates on the future of the welfare state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674626393
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Turn to Nonprofits
1Contracting for Services in the Welfare State3
The Scope of Nonprofit Service Organizations5
Issues for the Welfare State11
2Nonprofit Organizations and Community20
Nonprofits as Manifestations of Community22
Community and the Theory of Nonprofit Organizations26
Toward a Political Explanation of Nonprofit Organizations31
Three Types of Nonprofit Service Agencies37
Pt. IIThe Contracting Regime
Introduction to Part II43
3The Political Economy of Nonprofit Revenues46
Historical Background47
Impact at the Service Delivery Level57
The Reagan Era and a Changing Federal Role62
4Guardians of Community and Issues of Governance72
Boards of Directors73
Executive Directors79
Boards, Executives, and Community88
5Service Providers for the Welfare State98
Professionalization100
Deprofessionalization and Government Funding108
Volunteers and Organizational Capacity111
The New Street-level Bureaucrats115
6Services and Clients under Contracting120
Imperatives of Public and Nonprofit Service Organizations121
Significance of Differences between Government and Nonprofits127
Changes in Practices under Contracting131
7Dilemmas of Management in Nonprofit Organizations147
Understanding the Nonprofit Organization148
Cash Flow151
The Dance of Contract Renewal157
The Question of Goal Succession163
Pt. IIIImplications for the Welfare State
8The New Politics of the Contracting Regime171
Individual Agencies in the Political Process173
The Rise of Associations of Nonprofit Providers177
The Corporatist Politics of the Contracting Regime179
The Nonprofit Sector under Attack182
9Privatization in Human Services: A Critique188
Why Does Government Contract with Nonprofit Agencies?191
Performance Assessment199
The Irony of Privatization through Contracting203
10Government, Nonprofit Agencies, and the Welfare State206
Issues of Citizenship207
Contracting as Symbolic Politics211
Toward a Balanced Approach to Communal Provision215
Tables233
Notes245
Index285

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