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Nonprofits for hire : the welfare state in the age of contracting

Author: Steven Rathgeb Smith; Michael Lipsky
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.
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Few Americans realize that over half the revenues of the voluntary service organizations in this country come from federal and state governments. The image of the voluntary agency as neighbor helping neighbor - a thousand small independent points of light - is deceptive, for it masks the increasing dependence of nonprofit service organizations on government funding. In recent years, government's primary response to  Read more...
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Smith, Steven Rathgeb, 1951-
Nonprofits for hire.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)622525545
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Rathgeb Smith; Michael Lipsky
ISBN: 0674626389 9780674626386 9780674626393 0674626397
OCLC Number: 26402747
Description: xii, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Turn to Nonprofits. 1. Contracting for Services in the Welfare State. The Scope of Nonprofit Service Organizations. Issues for the Welfare State. 2. Nonprofit Organizations and Community. Nonprofits as Manifestations of Community. Community and the Theory of Nonprofit Organizations. Toward a Political Explanation of Nonprofit Organizations. Three Types of Nonprofit Service Agencies --
pt. II. The Contracting Regime. 3. The Political Economy of Nonprofit Revenues. Historical Background. Impact at the Service Delivery Level. The Reagan Era and a Changing Federal Role. 4. Guardians of Community and Issues of Governance. Boards of Directors. Executive Directors. Boards, Executives, and Community. 5. Service Providers for the Welfare State. Professionalization. Deprofessionalization and Government Funding. Volunteers and Organizational Capacity. The New Street-level Bureaucrats. 6. Services and Clients under Contracting. Imperatives of Public and Nonprofit Service Organizations. Significance of Differences between Government and Nonprofits. Changes in Practices under Contracting. 7. Dilemmas of Management in Nonprofit Organizations. Understanding the Nonprofit Organization. Cash Flow. The Dance of Contract Renewal. The Question of Goal Succession --
pt. III. Implications for the Welfare State. 8. The New Politics of the Contracting Regime. Individual Agencies in the Political Process. The Rise of Associations of Nonprofit Providers. The Corporatist Politics of the Contracting Regime. The Nonprofit Sector under Attack. 9. Privatization in Human Services: A Critique. Why Does Government Contract with Nonprofit Agencies? Performance Assessment. The Irony of Privatization through Contracting. 10. Government, Nonprofit Agencies, and the Welfare State. Issues of Citizenship. Contracting as Symbolic Politics. Toward a Balanced Approach to Communal Provision.
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