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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Health Affairs - Bradford H. Gray
An insightful analysis of the implications of an important, broad trend of the past thirty years in the social welfare policy of the United States and many other countries...[Smith and Lipsky] demonstrate that we do not have to read about other countries to find a comparative perspective that sheds light on the choices we face in our national health care debate.
Public Administration Review - H. Brinton Milward
The most comprehensive account we have of the history, extent, nature, and meaning of delivering social services that are paid for by government and delivered through nonprofit organizations.
American Political Science Review - William T. Gormley
An interesting, absorbing, and important book.
Contemporary Sociology - Kirsten A. Gronbjerg
An important contribution to welfare state scholarship.
Contemporary Sociology

An important contribution to welfare state scholarship.
— Kirsten A. Gronbjerg

American Political Science Review

An interesting, absorbing, and important book.
— William T. Gormley, Jr.

Public Administration Review

The most comprehensive account we have of the history, extent, nature, and meaning of delivering social services that are paid for by government and delivered through nonprofit organizations.
— H. Brinton Milward

Health Affairs

An insightful analysis of the implications of an important, broad trend of the past thirty years in the social welfare policy of the United States and many other countries...[Smith and Lipsky] demonstrate that we do not have to read about other countries to find a comparative perspective that sheds light on the choices we face in our national health care debate.
— Bradford H. Gray

Contemporary Sociology
An important contribution to welfare state scholarship.
— Kirsten A. Gronbjerg
American Political Science Review
An interesting, absorbing, and important book.
— William T. Gormley, Jr.
Public Administration Review
The most comprehensive account we have of the history, extent, nature, and meaning of delivering social services that are paid for by government and delivered through nonprofit organizations.
— H. Brinton Milward
Health Affairs
An insightful analysis of the implications of an important, broad trend of the past thirty years in the social welfare policy of the United States and many other countries...[Smith and Lipsky] demonstrate that we do not have to read about other countries to find a comparative perspective that sheds light on the choices we face in our national health care debate.
— Bradford H. Gray
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674626393
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lipsky is Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Turn to Nonprofits
1 Contracting for Services in the Welfare State 3
The Scope of Nonprofit Service Organizations 5
Issues for the Welfare State 11
2 Nonprofit Organizations and Community 20
Nonprofits as Manifestations of Community 22
Community and the Theory of Nonprofit Organizations 26
Toward a Political Explanation of Nonprofit Organizations 31
Three Types of Nonprofit Service Agencies 37
Pt. II The Contracting Regime
Introduction to Part II 43
3 The Political Economy of Nonprofit Revenues 46
Historical Background 47
Impact at the Service Delivery Level 57
The Reagan Era and a Changing Federal Role 62
4 Guardians of Community and Issues of Governance 72
Boards of Directors 73
Executive Directors 79
Boards, Executives, and Community 88
5 Service Providers for the Welfare State 98
Professionalization 100
Deprofessionalization and Government Funding 108
Volunteers and Organizational Capacity 111
The New Street-level Bureaucrats 115
6 Services and Clients under Contracting 120
Imperatives of Public and Nonprofit Service Organizations 121
Significance of Differences between Government and Nonprofits 127
Changes in Practices under Contracting 131
7 Dilemmas of Management in Nonprofit Organizations 147
Understanding the Nonprofit Organization 148
Cash Flow 151
The Dance of Contract Renewal 157
The Question of Goal Succession 163
Pt. III Implications for the Welfare State
8 The New Politics of the Contracting Regime 171
Individual Agencies in the Political Process 173
The Rise of Associations of Nonprofit Providers 177
The Corporatist Politics of the Contracting Regime 179
The Nonprofit Sector under Attack 182
9 Privatization in Human Services: A Critique 188
Why Does Government Contract with Nonprofit Agencies? 191
Performance Assessment 199
The Irony of Privatization through Contracting 203
10 Government, Nonprofit Agencies, and the Welfare State 206
Issues of Citizenship 207
Contracting as Symbolic Politics 211
Toward a Balanced Approach to Communal Provision 215
Tables 233
Notes 245
Index 285
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