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The Changing Dynamic of Government–Nonprofit Relationships
Advancing the Field(s)


Part of Elements in Public and Nonprofit Administration

  • Date Published: February 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108708067

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About the Authors
  • We advance nonprofit scholarship by using the conceptual framework of policy fields to examine differences across nonprofit fields of activity. We focus on the structure of relationships among four sectors (government, nonprofit, market, informal) and how relationships differ across policy fields (here health, human services, education, arts and culture, and religion). The fields differ notably in the economic share that each sector holds and the functional division of labor among the sectors. Systemic differences also exist in how the nonprofit sector interacts with the government, market, and informal sectors. The policy fields themselves operate within national contexts of distinctive economic and political configurations. The framework explores how government-nonprofit relationships differ across policy fields, the factors responsible for this variation, and offers predictive capacity to generate hypotheses and research designs for additional research. We provide insights on how nonprofit organizations differ in key sub-fields with direct relevance for policy and practice.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108708067
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sectoral Dimensions of Nonprofit Fields
    2. Field Specific Contexts
    3. The US in Context
    4. Policy Fields and Cross-National Comparisons
    Appendix I. Field Chart
    Appendix II. Paid Employment by Industry and Sector, Indiana 1995-2018

  • Authors

    Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Indiana University, Bloomington

    Steven Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association

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