The Study of Nonprofit Enterprise: Theories and Approaches / Edition 1

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This volume addresses the need to revisit the economic theories from the last two decades that have contributed to the development of a concentrated research agenda on nonprofit organizations. Long neglected as a topic of theorizing and empirical investigation by mainstream economics in particular, these initial theories of nonprofit organizations from the late 1970s and early 1980s continue to shape theoretical and conceptual efforts. Importantly, their influence extends beyond economics and informs sociological and politics science approaches to the set of organizations and institutions located between the market firm and the state agency as well. While the theoretical map of nonprofit research has expanded beyond these early attempts and now include several other major theories such as stakeholder approaches, supply-side or entrepreneurial theories, institutional theories and comparative approaches. This work suggests that it is time to take sk and reexamine some of the basics from which these economic theories operate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306477034
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies Series
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Theory of Nonprofit Organizations Revisited 3
Ch. 2 The Economics of the Third Sector: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach 27
Pt. II The Major Theories 49
Public Good Theories 51
Ch. 3 Public Good Theories of the Nonprofit Sector: Weisbrod Revisited 53
Ch. 4 The Public Goods Theory Revisited: Comments on Kingma's Revisitation of Weisbrod 67
Trust-Related Theories 75
Ch. 5 Trust, Repute, and the Role of Nonprofit Enterprise 77
Ch. 6 The Role of Trust in Nonprofit Enterprise 115
Stakeholder Theories 123
Ch. 7 Stakeholder Theories of the Nonprofit Sector: One Cut at the Economic Literature 125
Entrepreneurship Theories 137
Ch. 8 Entrepreneurship in Nonprofit Organizations: Its Role in Theory and in the Real World Nonprofit Sector 139
Ch. 9 Entrepreneurs, Managers, and the Nonprofit Enterprise 161
Voluntary Failure and Institutional Theories 169
Ch. 10 Voluntary Failure Theory and Nonprofit-Government Partnership 171
Ch. 11 Voluntary Failure Theory Correctly Viewed 183
Ch. 12 State, Subject, Space: Silences in Institutionalist Theories of Nonprofit-Government Relations 187
Organizational Theory and Behavior 203
Ch. 13 The Behavior of Organizations 205
Ch. 14 Are Nonprofit Organizations Different? 239
Pt. III Comparisons and Implications 245
Ch. 15 Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector: A Comparative Perspectives of Structure and Change 247
Ch. 16 Economic Theories of Nonprofit Organizations: An Evaluation 277
Ch. 17 An Ecological Perspective on NonProfit Research 311
Index 321
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