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The Nonprofit Economy
     

The Nonprofit Economy

by Burton A. Weisbrod
 
Nonprofit institutions surround us -- hospitals, colleges, museums, public television -- but we rarely think about their role in the economy or how they compete with private enterprise. In a clear, direct style, economist Burton Weisbrod closely examines the raison d'etre for nonprofits, and assesses their performance.

Overview

Nonprofit institutions surround us -- hospitals, colleges, museums, public television -- but we rarely think about their role in the economy or how they compete with private enterprise. In a clear, direct style, economist Burton Weisbrod closely examines the raison d'etre for nonprofits, and assesses their performance.

Editorial Reviews

Mancur Olson
As one who has been struck with the similarities in human motivation in different institutional settings, I might not be expected to like this book. But the book is so interesting, informative and fair-minded that I like it a lot and recommend it to all.
David A. Hamburg
The Nonprofit Economy is a major contribution to an important and neglected subject. The work is thoughtfully analytical, well documented, and clearly formulated. It will be valuable for years to come.
Herman B. Leonard
This is a challenging book on a topic of widely underestimated importance. Each of our lives is touched by an array of nonprofit institutions, all ostensibly established and managed for the purpose of serving the public's many interests. Society manages nonprofits largely through a hands-off strategy that assumes they will do well enough if left alone. The Nonprofit Economy raises the compelling issues of the social governance of this diverse collection of vitally important institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674626256
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/02/1988
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.99(d)

What People are Saying About This

This is a challenging book on a topic of widely underestimated importance. Each of our lives is touched by an array of nonprofit institutions, all ostensibly established and managed for the purpose of serving the public's many interests. Society manages nonprofits largely through a hands-off strategy that assumes they will do well enough if left alone. The Nonprofit Economy raises the compelling issues of the social governance of this diverse collection of vitally important institutions.
Herman B. Leonard
This is a challenging book on a topic of widely underestimated importance. Each of our lives is touched by an array of nonprofit institutions, all ostensibly established and managed for the purpose of serving the public's many interests. Society manages nonprofits largely through a hands-off strategy that assumes they will do well enough if left alone. The Nonprofit Economy raises the compelling issues of the social governance of this diverse collection of vitally important institutions.
Herman B. Leonard, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Alan Ware
This book should be read by anyone interested in the increasingly complex relations in a liberal democracy between the public and private sectors. Its distinguished author has been conducting research on nonprofits for well over a decade, and he has now produced a first-class account of nonprofits in the American economy.
David A. Hamburg
The Nonprofit Economy is a major contribution to an important and neglected subject. The work is thoughtfully analytical, well documented, and clearly formulated. It will be valuable for years to come.
David A. Hamburg, President, Carnegie Corporation
Mancur Olson
As one who has been struck with the similarities in human motivation in different institutional settings, I might not be expected to like this book. But the book is so interesting, informative and fair-minded that I like it a lot and recommend it to all.
Mancur Olson, University of Maryland
Bradford H. Gray
An engaging and very readable economic analysis of a form of organization that has been difficult for economic theory to handle. It is a useful source both of information and stimulating hypotheses.

Meet the Author

Burton A. Weisbrod is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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