By Steven Smith, Michael Lipsky
Lately, government's basic reaction to the emergent difficulties of homelessness, starvation, baby abuse, well-being care, and AIDS has been generated via nonprofit enterprises funded by way of taxpayer funds. As a part of the frequent stream for privatization, those organisations characterize innovative alterations within the welfare nation. Steven Smith and Michael Lipsky reveal that this large shift in cash has merits and downsides. Given the breadth of presidency investment of nonprofit organizations, this primary research of the social, political, and organizational results of this carrier process is an important contribution to the present raging debates at the way forward for the welfare country.
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31 An organization's decision to adopt the nonprofit form can be thought of in similar terms. The selection of nonprofit status is a decision made by organizational leaders following historical precedent, anticipatingthe expectations of relevant actors such as government officials and community leaders, and calculating the expected costs and benefits within the constraints and incentives determined by government policy. We will show how the calculation of costs and benefits influences the shape of the nonprofit sector by examining how a few hypothetical individuals (drawn from actual examples) recently tried to achieve their objectives.
I8 This instructive perspective is properly cautionary about the dangers of government intrusion into community affairs, but it can be misguided in failing to understand the need for large-scale responses to widespread social need. It is one thing to recognize, consistent Nonprofit Organizations and Community 27 with the theory of mediating institutions, that the rise of food banks and soup kitchens were spontaneous community responses to the needs of hungry people. It is another to suggest that food banks using private food donations might be able to feed the hungry and eliminate the need for food stamps.
42 And despite some restrictive laws, there is ongoing concern over the lobbying activities of organizations that are supported by public funds in the sense of enjoying a variety of favorable tax treatments. These controversies also seem to be peculiarly American in their protection of private sector interests and their defense of a purist pluralism. As the relationship of nonprofit organizations and government develops outside of the United States, it will be interesting to see if silnilar patterns emerge.
Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting by Steven Smith, Michael Lipsky