Chapter 17 Nonprofit organizations in public governance
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The chapter provides an overview of three modes of public administration - bureaucracy, new public management and public governance - and their impact on nonprofits as partners of government in social service provision. The variety of nonprofit–government relationships are categorized and grouped into country clusters that differ with respect to modes of cooperation and degree of independence of nonprofits from government. Though the clusters were once quite distinct, they increasingly tend to converge as regards the tools and instruments put in place by governments to establish, regulate and control public service provision through nonprofits. Inspired by new public management, these tools cover a broad spectrum of techniques that are applied without distinguishing between nonprofits and commercial providers. We conclude that despite increased attention to nonprofits and a high regard for public governance as the most recent mode of public administration, the status of nonprofits in governance arrangements is increasingly jeopardized worldwide.

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